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07 April 2020
Compass Group UK & Ireland and Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) have opened temporary ‘pop-up’ stores in 20 NHS hospitals in England following the temporary closure of some retailers across the sites.
Designed to be operational through the coronavirus crisis, the new pop up stores will provide NHS key workers with access to a core range of everyday essentials including grocery and impulse products. This includes staples such as bread and milk, as well as basic meal solutions, confectionery products and household items such as toilet rolls and soaps.
The unbranded stores will be manned by the hospitals’ restaurant staff and mainly make use of existing equipment within the hospitals for the display of products. Health and safety control measures to meet coronavirus guidelines are in place throughout the stores.
Andrew Jones, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Managing Director of Healthcare Retail commented: “At this time of unprecedented demand on NHS staff, it is vital that they have easy access to everyday essentials. By putting in place these pop-up stores, we can take away a small amount of the pressure they are feeling at his challenging time.”
Bill Randles, Head of National Retail Accounts at Costcutter Supermarkets Group, 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.”
Photo caption: North Middlesex Hospital store
Notes to editors
Hospitals where the pop-up stores will operate as follows:
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
St Richard's Hospital
National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery
Northwick Park Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital
St. Helens Hospital
Kings Mill Hospital
North Middlesex Hospital
Leeds General Infirmary
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Newcastle Royal Infirmary
Kings College Hospital
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Royal Surrey County Hospital
From tough beginnings, Compass was born. In 1941 we were established to feed the United Kingdom’s factory workers making munitions during the second world war. From that early commitment to communal dining, Compass has grown into the company it is today operating in some 6000+ locations across the UK and Ireland, and in a further 45 countries around the world. In the UK and Ireland we’re 50,000 talented people providing tasty, well-cooked food to improve the health and wellbeing of workers, school children, hospital patients, military and visitors to the nation’s major sports and cultural events. Our parent company Compass Group plc is now the world’s biggest catering company serving 5.5 billion meals a year and employing over 600,000 people.