Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has opened temporary ‘pop-up’ stores in 20 NHS hospitals in partnership with contract foodservice company Compass Group UK & Ireland.
The move follows the temporary closure of some retailers across the sites in England. The stores, set to function through the coronavirus crisis, will provide NHS workers with access to a core range of everyday essentials including grocery and impulse products.
Bill Randles, head of national retail accounts at CSG, 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.
“That’s why we have worked hard to open these stores in record time and while the range of products that we are offering in these stores is limited by the facilities, we are confident that NHS key workers will find these everyday essentials helpful.”
The stores, which make use of existing equipment within the hospitals for the display of products, will be manned by the hospitals’ restaurant staff.
The product range at the unbranded stores includes staples such as bread and milk, basic meal solutions, confectionery products and household items such as toilet rolls and soaps.
Andrew Jones, managing director of healthcare retail at Compass Group UK & Ireland, 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.”