A family-owned food firm is opening up pop-up grocery stores in Northern Ireland in a bid to help reach wider communities here, it can be revealed.
Lynas Food Outlet, which is part of the wider Lynas Foodservice group, is turning its attention to new, smaller food locations. It’s just opened its first new pop-up food shop in Carryduff, outside Belfast on the Ballynahinch Road.
But it’s understood the company is also looking at expanding the pop-up stores to other locations across Northern Ireland.
Its first new pop-up in Carryduff opened its doors to the public yesterday morning. It’s planning to open to customers between 9am and 5pm each day, aside from Sunday.
Addressing customers on social media, the company is asking the public to “keep a two metre social distance from others and use the hand sanitising stations provided”.
“If we feel that there are too many people within our pop up, we shall control flow of customers at the door,” it says.
Lynas Foodservice has its main base in Coleraine, and services thousands of hospitality business across Northern Ireland.
But with the majority of pubs, restaurants and cafes having to shut their doors, the wholesaler has begun to offer home deliveries as it moves to the retail market.
The firm said that all eight of its Lynas Food Outlets would be open for local communities, but it has also created a new website for home delivery.
It also said it understood that “many within our communities cannot visit a food shop”.
Lynas said it would deliver within a 15-miles radius of any of its eight food stores across Northern Ireland.
The business is owned and run by the Lynas family. In November, tributes were paid to the firm’s founder Norman Lynas, after his death following a short illness.
The 77-year-old Coleraine man had suffered a suspected stroke in August, spending several weeks in an intensive care unit. He was diagnosed in September with an advanced and inoperable brain tumour.
The devout Christian, whose business cards read 'Husband, father, grandfather and follower of Jesus', employed 540 staff in food distribution after building his company from its beginnings as a modest fish shop owned by his father in Coleraine.
He grew the business from fresh fish to selling a wide range of frozen food in the early 1970s. That placed Mr Lynas at the forefront of the frozen food revolution across Northern Ireland at the time and saw the business grow steadily, even throughout difficult times.