Cash & carry giant Makro is to undertake a store renovation plan next year in support of its new emphasis on fresh foods.

MD Philipp Dautzenberg said that Makro would completely renovate at least two of its 33 stores during 2007. That number could rise, however, pending approval from its German parent company, Metro.

The renovations would follow the lead of Makro's store in Charlton, south-east London, which re­opened last autumn after being redesigned to feature increased fresh food ranges and service elements, such as a manned fish counter and a cut-and-collect butchery. Store signage and fixtures were improved, a 'shop within a shop' layout implemented and a covered car park built. Makro's Rayleigh, Essex, store has also been renovated and is due to reopen next month.

Makro will refresh individual sections of other stores within its estate, focusing on sound and vision, fresh produce and fish departments, where it believes significant gains can be made. Dautzenberg said: "The idea is to be faster in rolling out the elements that worked well at Charlton, without necessarily renovating entire stores."

He said the company had no plans to open new stores in 2007, but was ready to jump in if an interesting opportunity came along.