CK’s Foodstores has pointed to forecourts as “the next step” in its expansion programme.

Christopher Kiley, MD and founder of the Nisa retailer, which has 26 stores in Wales, said he had previously bought two units that had been forecourts but used them as car parks for the stores because they had not performed well.

“The advantage of going into petrol is that it is the only way to find sites at the moment,” Kiley said.

CK’s Foodstores is also eyeing further post office openings. It already has six, with a seventh expected to open before the end of the year.

Kiley said: “Long term it would be an advantage to have post offices in all the stores.”