Template:Mergeto Normid was a chain of superstores, located in northern England. It was owned by the United Norwest Co-operative Society. It is thought that Normid was so named because it was a shortened form of 'north and midlands'. Despite being hypermarkets with large product ranges, very little is known about Normid today and virtually no information can be found. Stores were trading from the mid 80's until the late 90's, by which time the Co-op decided to concentrate on their convenience stores; many of the larger, under-performing superstores were closed down.
Although Normid sold mostly food, electrical items could also be bought and non-food retailers, like Dolphin bathrooms, had concessions.
The flagship store was at Burnden Park, Bolton, home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. It closed in 1997, shortly after Bolton's move to the Reebok Stadium. Ironically, one of the main reasons BWFC moved was because Normid prevented redevelopment. When it opened in 1985, it was controversial, as many people thought Normid ruined the site. Consequently, Burnden Park became something of a joke, with fans complaining that 'the pitch had a supermarket for a wall'. When it eventually closed, after years of little trade, the site suffered. The building was derelict for several years and was vandalised before it was finally demolished in 2001. The original site was replaced with an ASDA supermarket (formally Big W) in 2005 and Normid relocated to Westhoughton, but under a different name.
The Normid at Chorley was only open for 3 years in the early 90's before its closure. The Co-op superstore at Talke near Stoke, is still sometimes called Normid, which was the name of the original store there before redevelopment.
Normid was sponsor of Bolton Wanderers from 1986 until 1990.
Other stores existed in Blackpool, Crewe, Wigan, Widnes, Talke (near Kidsgrove), Chorley, Hindley and Blackburn. Normid 1 was based in Crewe, Normid 2 Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Normid 3 was Milehouse, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Normid 4 Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Normid 5 was the Hypermarket at Talke. Normid 6 and 7 were Macclesfield and Longton.
Normid Simplifile Ltd is a different company, founded in 1967 in Gerrards Cross, specialising in Plan Filing solutions (filing and storage of large format plans, drawings and charts). It is now located in Aldridge, West Midlands.