CWS stood for Cooperative Wholesale Society, and its shop was generally
known as the Co-op.
Co-op delivery bicycle. Photographed in the
Museum of Nottingham Life
The Co‑op would issue chits which were little perforated squares
listing the amount you spent at any given visit to the shop. Customers had a
Co-op number which was written onto each chit. Every quarter of the year the Co-op gave its
customers what was called a dividend, which was a certain amount back for every
pound spent. Dividend was given on everything that the shop sold, including
deliveries of milk and bread. My mother also bought her shoes there under the
brand name of 'Wheat sheaf'. Dividend was a good incentive to shop at the Co-op.
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