Scotmid Co-operative has opened its first food to go provision at its Ratho Station store near Edinburgh.

‘The Kitchen’ offers “wholesome fresh food at good prices”, with a range including healthy options such as porridge, salad pots and lighter sandwiches, through to hot meals and pizzas.

The award-winning Breadwinner Bakery bakes many of the artisan breads and rolls for the filled sandwiches and rolls, and Stephens the Baker supplies their award-winning pies and savouries.

Stephen Brown, Scotmid’s Bakery and Local Sourcing Manager, said: “Following extensive customer research on further provisions that could be offered instore, the feedback we received overwhelmingly requested a range of meal offerings available throughout the day, from breakfast through to evening meals.  

“Most importantly, customers asked us to ensure they could get served and pay as quickly as possible and therefore we have installed a dedicated food to go section, distinct from the standard counter area. 

“The product range offers daily specials to keep the range interesting for customers and will evolve with the seasonality of the products.”

Ratho Station is the first of three trial stores opening over the next five weeks, which will be followed by the Carrick Knowe and Kingsknowe Scotmid stores.