Raunds Co-operative Society

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Raunds Co-operative Society
TypeConsumer Co-operative
Founded1891; 132 years ago (1891)
United Kingdom
Area served
The Co-op Food Store in Raunds.

Raunds Co-operative Society Limited was a consumer co-operative society based in Raunds, Northamptonshire, founded in 1891.[1]

The society operated a large supermarket and a department store in Raunds, and as of 2007 held 350 acres (1.4 km2) of farmland at Northdale Farm, farming wheat and oilseed rape.[2] It had 4,297 members in 2003.[3] It was a subscriber to the Co-operative Party and a customer member (shareholder) of the Co-operative Wholesale Society.

In 1983, it merged with the Ringstead Distributive Co-operative Society.[1]

In early 2007, directors of the society presented to members a plan to merge with the much large Midlands Co-operative Society,[4] but it did not reach the required vote of two thirds of members when put to a special general meeting on 5 July 2007. However, a confirmatory meeting was held on 16 August and this time the vote to merge was carried.[5] The two societies merged on 26 August 2007.

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  1. ^ a b "Raunds Co-operative Society Limited, number 3003R". Mutuals Public Register. FSA. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Midlands in Raunds merger talks". Co-operative News. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Record profits for Raunds Co-op". Co-operative News. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Members set to seal Raunds' future". Co-operative News. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Press release: Statement relating to merger between Midlands Co-o". Midlands Co-operative Society. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2008.