UK brand continues European expansion

UK-based supermarket franchise Thomas Green's has continued its European expansion with the opening of its newest outlet in Cyprus. Terry Ward has opened the latest Thomas Green's franchise, which specialises in selling well-know British brands, in Derynia near Famagusta.

Terry owns and operates his Thomas Green's franchise along with his wife Christine. The couple are originally from the UK, however after taking many family holidays on Cyprus, they decided to move to the island. Terry said: 'The excellent climate really does bring people back time and time again, and once the Brits discover they can have their favourites from home, we see this proving to be a very popular and busy shop. It has already created considerable interest.'

Thomas Green's stock around 1,500 leading food brands, which include teas, jams, confectionery, biscuits and cereals. Additionally, there is a premium range carrying Duchy Originals and Twinning teas. Each store can choose from a database what brands they stock so franchise owners can tailor their stock to their market.

The franchise has stores located across Europe and can be found in the Netherlands, Spain, Ibiza, Portugal and France. Customers can either purchase goods in store or online with van delivery.

Philip Evans, Managing Director of Thomas Green's, commented: 'In our shops in France and The Netherlands we find that many of our customers are from the local population, whereas in Spain and Portugal they tend to be resident expats and holidaymakers. In this new shop we expect that it will be from those from Britain.

'We know we are the only operation to supply quality British brands across several western European countries, under a franchise, and that provides online sales as an added benefit. We have a very exciting year ahead of us, opening supermarkets in new European countries and major cities, and are delighted that we can spread tastes of Britain to an ever growing European customer base.'