Proudfoot Group, The Grocer Top 50 independent retailer and Nisa member, has pushed its store refurbishment investment above the £1m mark after unveiling plans to extend its Newby store in Scarborough.

Work on the store, which will begin in early 2004 and finish by Easter, will increase the sales space from 12,800 sq ft to 16,800 sq ft across two floors.

The ground floor extension will allow for a further 1,500 grocery lines, while the first floor will be extended to expand Proudfoot’s non-food offering, with a particular focus on toys, gardening and electrical goods. The £550,000 development will also increase car parking capacity, with more disabled and parent/child parking bays, and improve pedestrian access.

Proudfoot is spending an additional £550,000 on improvements to its other five stores, in Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire, including a £100,000 makeover for its 28,000 sq ft flagship supermarket in Barton.

Proudfoot’s buying controller Valerie Aston said: “Finding new sites is difficult and expensive, so we have invested heavily in the expansion of Newby to cater for increased consumer demand.”