Thomas Green's, the Continental British food retail franchise operation, plans to increase its network of stores to 50 in the next three to five years - and could set up UK stores.

The company, founded two years ago, has just recruited its 11th franchisee - Jim's Market in Saint Genis-Pouilly, France, across the border from Geneva - and is set to move into Portugal later this year.

The franchise concept is a mix of c-store and speciality food store selling favourites such as Heinz Beanz and haggis supplied through Nisa International, Nisa-Today's export arm.

There are Thomas Green's stores in Spain, France and the Netherlands in areas with many British tourists and ex-pats. Stores range from 750-1,250 sq ft, with sales of E3,000-E13,000 (£2,000- £9,000) a week.

Philip Evans, Thomas Green's MD, said that the company would consider signing up franchisees in the UK. "We may do so. We have been approached in the past, but it would have to be exactly the right kind of person."