Tom Uprichard, delivered business director, J&J Haslett, said: “Mace Express is designed to complete the full gambit of convenience shopping under the Mace umbrella.
“It will be used to attract new stores to the family of Mace brands and there are a number of smaller Mace stores that will be converted to this format in due course.”
The format will be used for forecourt and high street stores of less than 1,000 sq ft. The stores will provide a CTN-style offering as well as sandwiches, food to go, single fruit and veg, a chilled offering and grocery.
Uprichard denied that Mace Express would replace Haslett’s cash and carry-supplied fascia XL Stop and Shop.
However, he did suggest that the format would appeal to those retailers who were prepared to switch to a delivered wholesale service.
He said: “This will not necessarily replace XL. There is more heritage associated with Mace but the retailer will need to be more disciplined than those running most current small store formats. This will particularly apply to issues such as the use of IT.
“Retailers will also need to co-invest in the development of their stores.”
Tesco, the other retailer in Northern Ireland with an Express fascia, has yet to add to its solitary Express store, although it is rumoured to be looking at developing further sites.
British American Tobacco is closing its factories in the UK and Ireland with the loss of 600 jobs. About 530 jobs are expected to go at Southampton and a further 66 in Dundalk, Ireland. BAT said production would be moved to its facilities in Singapore, South Korea, Poland and Romania.
Cake manufacturer Inter Link Foods has reported a 14% increase in like-for-like sales for the year to May 7. Turnover had increased 40.9% to £98.1m, with pre-tax profits up 14.4% to £4.5m. Trading for the eight weeks to July 2 saw like-for-like sales up 9% and growth of 32%.
The first low GI sandwich bar Energi box 2, has opened in London. It will sell a variety of low GI foods and run a delivery service to offices in the area. It plans to roll-out the brand in other cities in the UK.
Food transport has a significant and growing impact on road congestion, accidents, climate change, noise and air pollution, a Defra report reveals. It estimates environmental and social costs at £9bn a year.
Men engage in shoplifting to a much higher degree than women, a report commissioned by Checkpoint Systems reveals. Out of a prison population of 75,000, 1,200 women are behind bars, compared with 4,000 men, for retail crimes.
Food sales at Marks and Spencer increased by 5% for the 14 weeks to July 9, with like-for-like food sales up 0.7%. However, UK retail sales slipped 3.1% in this period.
Waitrose is in ‘early stage’ talks with Mole Valley District Council to build a store on the site of a disused Esso petrol station in Ashtead, Kent.
BAT plants closing
Inter Link Sales up
GI Food bar opens
Men Shoplift more
M&S Food sales up
Waitrose eyes Kent