Expat retail chain Thomas Green’s has added three stores on the Costa Blanca to its burgeoning empire.
The franchise outfit’s new stores at Moraira, Benijofar and Gran Alicant are the first to open under the fascia in Spain. It already has two stores in Holland, in The Hague and Amsterdam (The Grocer, April 30, p14).
Philip Evans, MD of Thomas Green’s, said the company was still on track to have more than 40 stores, including 20 in Spain, within three years. Franchisees in Spain include expat husband and wife Richard and Janice McLelland, who opened their store in Gran Alicant, 10 miles south of Alicante, last week.
Neither had any previous retail experience, said Evans.
All prospective retailers have to make an initial investment of around £40,000 per store for a fascia-compliant shop fit and EPoS system. All the stores carry around 1,500 product lines supplied by Nisa International, Nisa-Today’s export partner.
“We are delighted to have begun our roll-out in Spain,” said Evans. “It is home to more than a million British expats and welcomes over 16 million British tourists to its resorts each year.”