Top 50 indie Lawrence Hunt & Co will roll out Spar’s ‘next-generation’ c-store format to three more stores this year following a successful six-month trial in Penwortham, Lancashire.

The format boasts an extended fruit & veg and bakery range set out in a market stall style, as well as an extensive chilled offer, Wi-Fi, phone charging points, a hot food offer and Costa Express coffee machine.

“We’re so pleased with how it has turned out,” Lawrence Hunt MD Kevin Hunt said. “Before, the store was outdated and too reliant on tobacco, soft drinks, confectionery and special offers. It was not a successful mix, but this is where the focus should be.”