Costcutter launches 20 pop-up stores in NHS hospitals

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Costcutter NHS pop-ups covid-19 pandemic
The new shops will fill units left by the temporary closure of some non-essential retail spaces
// Costcutter builds 20 pop-ups in NHS hospitals
// The retailer aims to serve key workers who cannot leave the hospital to buy essentials

Costcutter has installed 20 pop-up stores in NHS hospitals to serve doctors and nurses who are unable to travel to stores amid the coronavirus crisis.

The retailer said it has worked in partnership with food service giant Compass to launch the stores.

It added that the new shops will fill units left by the temporary closure of some non-essential retail spaces across the hospital sites.


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The pop-up stores will provide NHS workers access to staple products such as bread and milk.

“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,” Costcutter head of national retail accounts Bill Randles said.

Compass UK & Ireland managing director of healthcare retail Andrew Jones 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.”

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


The news comes after Tesco announced plans to open pop-up convenience stores at NHS Nightingale sites nationwide to provide frontline health care workers easy access to essentials.

The Big 4 grocer selected the NEC in Birmingham as its first dedicated NHS Nightingale Hospital pop-up store, with construction already commenced and due for completion by the end of this week.

Discussions are in place to open other pop-up sites at the Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Harrogate and London’s ExCel centre.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Wow – the UK’s most expensive, and ironically-named store chain is now right on the doorstep of those that need it…. Hmm!

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