Spar retailer Lawrence Hunt plans to roll out Subway sandwich concessions to more stores after testing one for the past year.

Two other stores have been earmarked to take outlets for the US sandwich chain, which aims to open 400 outlets in grocery stores in the next four years. Last month we reported how Subway had signed up to a concession trial with Tesco.

Kevin Hunt, MD of the Preston-based chain, said: "We would consider rolling out Subway to other stores as we refit them and would make allowances in any new-build stores."

Hunt said he foresaw many store acquisitions coming from the wider Spar estate as retiring retailers sold to the group. But criteria for acquiring new stores remained strict. Expansion into forecourts was also not ruled out. "We had one forecourt a while ago but it failed," said Hunt. "If the right site came up, we wouldn't say no."

Lawrence Hunt, number 28 in The Grocer Top 50 ranking of independents, is also making progress in its roll-out of forecast-based suggested ordering. Based on EPoS data, the system predicts how much product stores need and the order is then cleared by store managers. Five stores now have access to suggested ordering for 80% of their lines. It hopes to extend the system to all 27 stores by 2008.

The retailer celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and has rolled out branding celebrating its history to back promotions ending next month.

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