Eat 17 is set to open its third Spar store in a former My Local site in Whitstable, Kent.
The move follows the Co-operative Group’s acquisition of six stores from My Local for an undisclosed sum, after the Mike Greene-fronted chain recently entered administration.
Opening on Wednesday 20th, the new Eat 17 store is of similar concept to the retailer’s other stores in Walthamstow and Hackney, East London, with a focus on local and regional products.
Director James Brundle said: “Whitstable is a great fit for our brand – the perfect mix of tradition and trendiness. Working in partnership with Blakemore Trade Partners has been hugely beneficial in getting us across the line with the development of this site. We are also delighted to be able to keep all 11 staff and we will be looking to recruit more.”
Neil Mercer, Blakemore Trade Partners sales director, said: “We’ve been on the lookout for the next set of Eat 17 sites and delighted to open this new one in Whitstable. The Spar and Eat 17 brands have proven to work successfully and flawlessly alongside each other since the concept first opened in 2010. The business has moved onto the next stage and we are very excited about the future.”
The store will also open an ice cream parlour in August using ingredients from Kent.
The Co-operative’s new stores are in Croydon, Nottingham, Widnes, Blackpool, Stockport and Steeton. Two other former My Local stores, in Addlestone, Surrey, and Holbury in Hampshire, were recently acquired by The Southern Co-operative.