Somerfield is developing a new c-store format for independent retailers in Scotland that want a stronger chilled offer without investing in the full Somerfield Essentials franchise package.

The move follows Somerfield’s acquisition of wholesaler Aberness, which has the Mace licence for Scotland.

Dubbed Somerfield at Mace, the hybrid format will be trialled at one company-owned store and one independent in the autumn, said Somerfield head of convenience David Cheyne.

He added: “We will be offering three packages to independents in Scotland: Mace, Somerfield at Mace and Somerfield Essentials. It all depends on location, store size and the amount of money people have to invest.”