Spar retailer Tates has opened the first Eurospar stores on the British mainland this week in Nottingham and Sheffield.

They are in former Somerfield stores bought from The Co-operative Group, which acquired the chain last year.

Eurospar is a larger format than the Spar convenience stores and is common in mainland Europe.

Other Eurospar stores could open in the UK. Appleby Westward Group, which operates in southwest England, said it was likely to develop one.