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Costcutter opens 20 pop-up stores in hospitals to feed NHS staff

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Costcutter has built 20 pop-up stores in NHS hospitals to serve doctors and nurses who are unable to get to the shops.

It comes as Tesco announced it was working on a new store at the NHS Nightingale Hospital being opened at the NEC in Birmingham.

Costcutter Supermarkets Group said it has worked in partnership with food service giant Compass to open the stores.

It said the new shops will fill units left by the temporary closure of some retail spaces across the hospital sites.

The new pop-up stores will provide NHS key workers with access to everyday essentials such as bread and milk, bosses added.

The unbranded stores will be manned by the hospitals’ restaurant staff and mainly make use of existing equipment within the hospitals.

Bill Randles, head of national retail accounts at Costcutter, said: “With a number of retail units forced to close due to the Covid-19 crisis, it is vitally important that the NHS staff at these hospitals can easily get hold of core grocery and household products that they need.”

Andrew Jones, Compass UK & Ireland’s managing director of healthcare retail, said: “By putting in place these pop-up stores, we can take away a small amount of the pressure they are feeling at this challenging time.”

Meanwhile, fast food chain Leon has launched an online delivery service selling groceries and ready-meals, with profits initially going to the NHS.

John Vincent, founder and chief executive of Leon, said: “We’ve created Feed Britain to connect people directly to the suppliers who traditionally provided food and ingredients to restaurants.

“There are many suppliers who no longer have restaurants to sell their produce to. And at the same time people stuck at home are finding long delays on their supermarket home deliveries.”

Full list of hospitals with pop-up Costcutter stores:

Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

St Richard’s Hospital

Worthing Hospital

National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Barnet hospital

Ealing Hospital

Northwick Park Hospital

Peterborough City Hospital

St. Helens Hospital

Whiston Hospital
Prescot, Merseyside

Kings Mill Hospital

North Middlesex Hospital

Southend Hospital

Leeds General Infirmary

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Newcastle Royal Infirmary

Kings College Hospital

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Royal Surrey County Hospital

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