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Lynas Food Outlet planning to expand its reach with a raft of new pop-up branches

A family-owned food firm is opening pop-up grocery stores across Northern Ireland in a bid to reach more people.

Lynas Food Outlet, which is part of the wider Lynas Foodservice group, is turning its attention to new, smaller food locations.

It has just opened its first pop-up food shop in Carryduff, outside Belfast, on the Ballynahinch Road.

It is understood the company is looking at expanding the idea across Northern Ireland.

The new pop-up shop opened its doors yesterday morning.

It plans to open to customers between 9am and 5pm each day, aside from Sunday.

Addressing customers on social media, the company asked 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 said.

Lynas Foodservice has its main base in Coleraine and services thousands of hospitality businesses 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 to local communities. It has also created a new website for home delivery.

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 devout Christian employed 540 staff in his food distribution business.

He built the company up from its beginnings as a modest fish shop in Coleraine owned by his father.

Belfast Telegraph