Somerfield was a chain of small to medium sized supermarkets operating in the United Kingdom.

The company was taken over by The Co-operative Group on 2 March 2009 in a £1.57 billion deal, creating the UK's fifth largest food retailer.

The name is currently being phased out and replaced by the Co-operative Food brand in a rolling programme of store conversions, which was originally scheduled to be complete by the end of 2010, but is still in progress as of January 2011.

The two brands' websites have been merged and a roll-out of Co-op own-brand products across the remaining Somerfield stores will be complete by Spring 2011.

Operating as Somerfield Stores Ltd, the Bristol based company emerged from the former Gateway chain in the 1990s and also previously owned the now defunct Kwik Save chain of discount food stores.

Source: Wikipedia