A Store Within a Store: Calgary Co-op Welcomes New Partners Spolumbo’s and Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver to West Springs Co-op

July 5, 2019
- Calgary, Alberta - Bringing the ultimate in food shopping and dining convenience to our city, Calgary Co-op is pleased to announce the addition of Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli and Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver to our West Springs Co-op location.

“By partnering with these local businesses we are able to further provide convenience and unique offerings to our members and the community and celebrate our collective entrepreneurial roots,” says Penney McTaggart Cowan, V.P. Marketing and Member Experiences, Calgary Co-op.

The store within a store format is new to Calgary Co-op, but with its passion for local and its entrepreneurial spirit, this partnership is a match made in food heaven.

“Spolumbo’s shares and lives by many of the same corporate values that we see at Calgary Co-op; high quality fresh products, support and encouragement for local business, a general nurturing and nourishment of our communities. We’ve built an exceptional partnership over the years together based on these shared commitments. Our newest kiosk project in West Springs is the next example of that, bringing our familiar Spolumbo’s experience to the city’s west edge so that Co-op customers in that area can access us without having to cross town,” says Remo Trotta, Sales and Marketing Manager, Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli.

This new partnership enables these local businesses to expand in a collaborative and cost-effective manner, with Calgary Co-op’s support including competitive leasing terms and a shared desire to promote local food and producers. Calgary Co-op is evaluating the shared space business model for planned redevelopments at its Oakridge, Dalhousie and North Hill food stores and for the construction of a new food store at Sage Hill.

"Working in partnership with Co-op to establish a Cluck ´N’ Cleaver in their West Springs store is a great opportunity for our team to grow. We're so excited to bring our made-from-scratch, local, delicious rotisserie and fried chicken to west end customers who are looking for convenience and a great, well-prepared meal," says Francine Gomes, Co-Owner, Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver.

The Grand Opening of these locations will be celebrated in conjunction with Calgary Co-op West Springs’ Stampede Breakfast on:

When: Monday July 8, 2019 8:30am -10:30am
Where: West Springs Calgary Co-op: 100, 917-85 Street S.W.
Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

About Calgary Co-op
Owned by members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Our locations in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore include: food centres, pharmacies, gas stations, car washes, commercial cardlocks, home health care centres, wine, spirits and beer locations, and a new cannabis business. With over 440,000 members, 3,800 employees, assets of $627 million and annual sales of $1.3 billion, Calgary Co-op was recognized as one of Alberta's Top 75 Employers of 2019, and is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience through inspired team members.

About Spolumbo’s
Spolumbo’s Fine Foods and Deli was created in 1991 by former CFL football players Tom Spolentini, Tony Spolentini and Mike Palumbo. With seven locations in Calgary they serve Italian cold, Italian hot and deli classics.

About Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver
Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver is owned and operated by sisters Nicole and Francine Gomes. Combining Francine’s love of raising chickens and Nicole’s 20 plus years of expertise in the kitchen, including a spot on Top Chef Canada, Cluck ‘N’ Cleaver is YYC's best fried and rotisserie chicken.

For further information, please contact:
Sage Pullen McIntosh, Manager, Communications
Calgary Co-operative Association Limited
Office 403-219-6025, ext. 6105