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

The convenience store chain is setting up in closed restaurants and cafes and aims to serve doctors and nurses who may struggle to get groceries.

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Costcutter has built 20 pop-up stores inside hospitals, including Worthing Hospital, for NHS staff to provide essentials (Steve Parsons/PA)

Costcutter has built 20 pop-up stores inside hospitals, including Worthing Hospital, for NHS staff to provide essentials (Steve Parsons/PA)

Costcutter has built 20 pop-up stores inside hospitals, including Worthing Hospital, for NHS staff to provide essentials (Steve Parsons/PA)

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.

It is vitally important that the NHS staff at these hospitals can easily get hold of core grocery and household products that they needBill Randles - Costcutter

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
Cambridge

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham

St Richard’s Hospital
Chichester

Worthing Hospital
Worthing

National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery
London

Barnet hospital
London

Ealing Hospital
Middlesex

Northwick Park Hospital
London

Peterborough City Hospital
Cambridgeshire

St. Helens Hospital
Merseyside

Whiston Hospital
Prescot, Merseyside

Kings Mill Hospital
Nottinghamshire

North Middlesex Hospital
London

Southend Hospital
Essex

Leeds General Infirmary
Leeds

Bradford Royal Infirmary
Bradford

Newcastle Royal Infirmary
Newcastle

Kings College Hospital
London

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Huddersfield

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Surrey

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