In a joint venture, Adande and Gamble Retail Solutions have supplied a hot foodservice ‘profit pod’ to HKS Retail Ltd’s forecourt store at a BP filling station in Leicester.
The installation is part of the retailer’s new concept aimed at delivering fast service for hot food to go, as well as hot and cold drinks.
The development of HKS Retail’s new foodservice concept was driven by a desire to present a different style of freshly prepared hot food offer without the need for major investment in equipment or taking up a significant amount of floor space within the forecourt store.
At the Leicester site the foodservice area occupies only a 3 x 2.5metre footprint and represents an investment of less than £18,000, including ancillary foodservice equipment, hot drink machines and shop fitting.
The outfit was overseen by service station consultancy specialist P & C Advisory Services, based in Leicestershire. P & C also handled the build and supply of some of the other aspects of the project.
The ‘profit pod’ comprises a Gamble Ovention Matchbox 1313 oven, mounted on an Adande two drawer refrigerator. With a footprint of 1,100mm width by 700mm depth, the unit is said to provide a compact and complete solution.
Shane Thakrar, sales director, HKS Retail Ltd, stated: “The combination of the Adande drawer unit and the Gamble Ovention Matchbox oven is an excellent fit with our hot food to go offer. It provides a compact solution for the storage, cooking and preparation of freshly prepared fast food throughout the day. The simplicity of the ‘profit pod’ also offers significant advantages for our business, as unskilled operators may be trained in 2 hours, eliminating the need for experienced foodservice professionals.”
He added: “We have been very pleased with the success of the initiative at our Leicester site and have plans to roll out the concept at suitable outlets across our estate.”