It is planning to open 50 Mace Express stores in the province over the next three years. The first store was opened in Belfast earlier this month and a further six sites have already been agreed.
The new format is aimed at offering a delivered wholesale service to retailers with stores of under 1,000 sq ft.
J&J Haslett is continuing to develop its larger store format, Mace Superfresh. It will open a further four 3,000 to 8,000 sq ft stores this year. This will bring the total in the province to 12.