Mills Group is set to increase its involvement with Nisa-


The independent retailer, which has 75 stores, is rolling out a new c-store model with a greater focus on fresh and chilled foods.

As part of this, Mills Group is planning to make Nisa-Today's the sole supplier for 14 more of its largest c-stores by the end of the year. Nisa already supplies five of Mills Group's c-stores with goods on an exclusive basis.

"Nisa-Today's has a good reputation, a strong marketing offer and a larger fresh and chilled range," said managing director Nigel Mills.

Key Lekkerland member WH & HM Young currently supplies the 14 stores with groceries, with Palmer & Harvey McLane's drinks division Winerite supplying alcohol and Dairy Farmers of Britain supplying milk.

The roll-out of Mills Group's new c-store model, which sees stores get increased refrigeration space for fresh and chilled foods, alcohol and soft drinks, was going well, claimed Mills. As many as 30 of the company's 45 c-stores would be refitted this year.

Meanwhile, Mills Group is in talks with the Post Office about its closure programmes. It wants to keep its 29 sub-post offices operational - and even open some more, said Mills.