One of Glasgow's oldest Italian delis has unveiled plans to expand operations throughout the city.
The owners of the 19-year-old Garlic deli in the rundown Shettleston area are aiming to open a 5,000 sq ft store in Glasgow's trendy West End this autumn, with plans for three further stores in the north, west and south of the city next spring.
The Eusebi family, which owns the business, is also to rebrand the stores as Eusebi Deli and is recruiting 100 new staff to help run the five outlets. Funds for expansion will come from family money and bank loans.
The retailer sources
products from small
producers in Italy and the UK. Three quarters of its sales come from food
prepared on-site by business director Giovanna Eusebi, who took over running the company in 2002. Her brothers Edmund and Rico are operations director and finance director respectively.
Giovanna said the West End store, in Glasgow's Gibson Street, would feature an Italian food hall, café,
gelateria and basement cooking area. But she declined to reveal locations for the three other new stores.
"Negotiations are at a
delicate stage so we don't want to disclose sites at the moment," she said,
adding that she expected all the new stores to succeed.
"People come from all over Scotland to shop at our delicatessen in Shettleston, so we're doing something right. If we can run a deli in one of the city's most deprived areas, we've a great chance in the West End."