RN understands that Booker Wholesale will have the option to supply up to 50 BHS shops with food products if trials starting this week prove successful.

The department store announced its intention to move into food retailing this week and two stores piloting the offer in Staines and Warrington will be supplied by the wholesaler.

[pull_quote_right]Following an extensive review, BHS approached Booker to supply its new Foodstore concept.[/pull_quote_right]

Arcadia group chief executive Philip Green said BHS Food could extend to more than 140 stores and would be 10% cheaper than Tesco when it launched.

A Booker spokesman said: “Following an extensive review, BHS approached Booker to supply its new Foodstore concept.”

Meanwhile, 7-Eleven head of international Chris Tanco hinted that the global c-store chain was looking to re-enter the UK with a franchise model.

“We’d like to get in before the market takes off,” he told the Association of Convenience Stores summit on Tuesday. It’s a hyper-competitive market. We’re doing further feasibility exercises. We were in the UK 15 years ago with 50 stores in or around London.

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