could extend their shopping experiment with supermarket giants Safeway.
The Sky Blues have opened retail concessions in the Safeway stores at Whitley and
Holyhead Road immediately making merchandise available to 50,000 customers a week.
The two superstores are the only places in the city outside the two official
City shops where supporters can buy official Sky Blues goods.
It is the first time City have sold goods through a general store and Retail Operations
Controller Paul Coles says the experiment is going extremely well.
"We are only just over a week into the operation and we are delighted with the way
it is going. We also opened a concession in Sporting Touch, in Nuneaton, and that has also
been very busy.
"We sell through mail order and the Internet but not everyone can get into our
shops during opening hours. This arrangement allows supporters wider access to the goods
"We are currently selling the new team strips and a range of other official
merchandise. The next logical step, if things go well, is for us to look at the Safeway
store in Stratford, which would give us an outlet in the south of the county."
The merchandise operation at the club which also includes shops at the Highfield
Road Stadium and in West Orchards sells everything from a Sky Blues mountain bike
to an eraser and is of growing financial importance.
"What we do is crucial in terms of helping us compete in the transfer market. The
whole reason the merchandise operation exists is to put new players on the field and help
us keep the ones we have.
"Out biggest seller is always the team strips and the two new kits are selling
very well. We launched the home kit earlier than last year and even though it is selling
very well, we expect there to be another surge before the season starts."