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Fast-growing forecourt retailers flaunt Express format

Nisa is continuing to make an impact in the forecourt sector following the expansion of independent partner Ascona Group.

The fast-growing forecourt operator, who signed a deal to be supplied by Nisa in Spring, now boasts 14 stores with the Nisa fascia and a further three are due to be completed by the end of the month.

In total 41 stores are now trading with Nisa all of which will convert to Nisa stores in due course and plans are afoot to grow this number during 2021.

Fast-growing forecourt retailers flaunt Express format store front and fascia

Ascona Group is also showcasing the very first Nisa Express store format which was unveiled at the group’s New County Service Station in Clophill, Bedfordshire in October, officially launching the same week the new format was revealed at Nisa’s virtual trade show. 

Paul Stoddart, retail trading director at Ascona Group, said: “As we grow it’s important for us to keep improving our offer to our customer base; moving away from that traditional transient offer for a forecourt of just tobacco and soft drinks and improving the range to add in more chilled products and fresh foods.

Fast-growing forecourt retailers flaunt Express format store front with flower display

“We are changing the proposition in our stores and want our customers to have the confidence that they can come to us and find a full range of products and everything they need for their meal for tonight and for later in the week.

“Working with Nisa has allowed us to do this successfully and the support will be invaluable as we head through the next six months and continue to transition our stores to Nisa, with refits, Nisa fascia and new range for our customers.” 

Head of key accounts at Nisa, Victoria Lockie, said: “We know Ascona Group have ambitious plans to further expand their business and we’re really excited to be partnering with them and supporting them on their journey. It’s been a very fast-paced start to the relationship and we’re looking forward to more of the same next year.”