The second Simply Fresh store on a forecourt, and the 45th overall, has been launched at Grafton, Bolton.

The community launch day event was held by Asif Patel who, together with his family, runs a string of shops in the Bolton area.

Asif said: "I joined Simply Fresh because of the brand’s fresh approach to convenience, and the importance that it places on community and supporting local suppliers through sourcing locally, wherever possible." The new store has created 12 new jobs in the local area.

The store was officially opened by the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, and many local and national suppliers supported the event. Local residents enjoyed plenty of free food and drinks samples as well as promotional giveaways and vouchers.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Shaw, said he was ’overwhelmed’ to be at the store and supporting his local community. He congratulated Asif on his new venture and wished him many years of successful trading.