Top 50 Indie HKS Retail has installed a hot foodservice "profit pod" at its BP filling station in Leicester. The installation, supplied by a joint venture of Adande and Gamble Retail Solutions, is part of HKS’s new concept aimed at delivering fast service for hot food to go, including freshly baked pizzas, hot filled rolls, pastries, muffins, bagels, breakfast items and chips, as well as 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 without the need for major investment in equipment or taking up a significant amount of floor space within the store.

At the Leicester site, the foodservice area occupies only a three x 2.5 m footprint and represents an investment of less than £18,000, including ancillary foodservice equipment, hot drink machines and shop fitting.

The ’profit pod’ comprises a Gamble Ovention Matchbox 1313 oven, mounted on an Adande two-drawer refrigerator. With a footprint of just 1100mm wide by 700mm deep, the unit is designed to provide a compact solution for the storage, cooking and service of hot food to go.

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