Somerfield and TM Retail have teamed up to launch a “Somerfield with Martins” concept at six trial stores in the north.

The first outlet will open in March 2003 in Cheadle, Cheshire, with all six operational by August.

TM Retail’s trading director Paul Baxter said the pilot would run until the partners had decided if the format was suitable to roll out. He said: “The store will be a unique c-store shopping experience.”

All six pilot sites will be under 3,000 sq ft conversions of TM Retail’s existing Martins and Forbuoys fascias.

Full details in this week’s issue of The Grocer.