Homebase to fit cafes in 30 stores

Home and garden store Homebase will have a need for new catering and beverage equipment after setting out plans to begin offering food in up to 30 of its UK stores.

The project will be led by Compass Instore after a five-year, multimillion pound deal was agreed between the two parties this week.

A spokesperson for Compass Instore told Catering Insight this morning that it would work with dedicated equipment partner, Aggora Group, to agree final equipment requirements and specification.

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It will then work with third party designers to agree final design specification and tender the build work on a contract-by-contract basis.

Coffee shops will be introduced in as many as 30 Homebase stores, starting in Worcester from this month. Compass Instore specialises in delivering restaurant and cafe food services for many retail brands.

Homebase hopes the advent of an in-store coffee shop will provide customers with a family friendly environment where they can relax and mull over their home improvement plans.

The coffee shop will be open all day serving hot breakfast sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fresh bloomer sandwiches and paninis as well as snacks.

Instore is investing in developing modern, colourful spaces with paint-dipped furniture and oversized soft chairs, located beside a consultation area offering customers expert home decoration advice. In stores that are tight for space, the team are also developing smaller pod cafe formats.

Graham Heald, retail and distribution director at Homebase, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce that we have partnered with Compass Instore. At the heart of our decision was their understanding of our future plans, design ideas that will help build upon these, operational expertise and specialist knowledge of consumers’ favourite food and drink.”

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