Haldanes is coming good on its pledge to rebrand the 20 Netto stores it ­acquired from Asda as quickly as possible.

The retailer snapped up the stores in January and vowed to convert them to its new Ugo discounter ­fascia by the end of May. Seven have already re-opened as Ugo, with the remainder on course to be up and running in two weeks' time.

"All store conversions are on track and we aim to have them all completed by 18 May," said chief ­operating officer Richard Collins. "We will then ­revisit all stores on an ­individual basis to fine-tune the offer and space ­allocations."

The seven stores are in Biddulph, Broxburn, Eston, Hartlepool and three in Hull. They have an extended grocery offer of 3,000 lines. Cash machines are also being installed at each store.