The society is a member of the UK-wide Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) and sells The Co-operative brand products. It is also a corporate member of hybrid consumer and wholesale co-operative, the Co-operative Group.
In 2005, Rochdale-based United Co-operatives bought a private sector pharmacy shop in Penrith which is now trading as Co-operative Pharmacy. However, this shop has no connection with Penrith Co-op's operations and, since United merged with the Co-operative Group in 2007, it forms part of the Co-operative Group Pharmacy division.
In 2010 The Co-operative Group rebranded the Penrith branch of Somerfield as a Co-operative Food store so Penrith now has two Co-op stores owned by two separate societies.
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