Spar is giving retailers the chance to open noodle bars and install self-service coffee machines as it boosts its food-to-go offer.

It plans to roll out Kitsu noodle bars across its UK estate following successful trials at its Great Victoria Street store in Belfast.

The noodle bars, which have been adapted from Spar stores in Japan, would cater for office workers looking for a premium food-t0-go offer and a different option from sandwiches and salads, said Jayne Dainty, Spar food to go implementation manager.

The bars had already attracted the interest of Spar retailers in Battersea and Glasgow and could hit stores across the UK in the next few weeks, she added.

Retailers are being offered a full unit with menu layouts and suggestions such as Szechuan beef or BBQ Peking Duck and Spicy Galangal prawns.

Spar said it was also offering retailers customer-facing Censa coffee machines. Censa is a 100%-Fairtrade premium coffee with beans bought at fair market prices from growers in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia. The offer can be adopted for varying store sizes and locations.

The new offers are the latest Spar developments to be introduced to the UK mainland after having first found success in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Spar wholesalers Appleby Westward and AF Blakemore have recently introduced the Treehouse smoothies bar concept created by BWG in Dublin. Blakemore is also looking to develop the larger Eurospar store format, which is common across Ireland.