Greater Midlands Co-operative Society

Scope and Content

Records of Greater Midlands Co-operative Society and the societies that merged to form it- Dudley Co-operative Society and Birmingham Co-operative Society. The records also include those of the societies that merged into Dudley and Birmingham societies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Greater Midlands Co-operative Society was formed in 1981 when Birmingham Co-operative Society and Tamworth Society were in discussions to merge. Birmingham Co-operative Society changed its name to Greater Midlands in anticipation of the merger, however, the merger fell through and Tamworth remained independent. In 1982 Dudley Co-operative Society merged and became part of Greater Midlands Co-operative Society.

The Society began closing city centre operations and opened large out of town sites. By 1985 Greater Midlands Co-operative Society was made up of 5 superstores, 18 Pricefighters, 15 grocery branches, 11 butchery branches, 2 Domec stores, 16 off-licences, 5 seasons, 7 supercoops, 3 sound and vision, 3 Occasions and 4 Homemakers. In 1985 the Greater Midlands Co-operative Society merged with East Midlands Co-operative Society to form the Central Midlands Co-operative Society.

Sources: NACO/3/4/20- Transfers of Engagments and Amalgamations of Co-operative Societies 1985