British supermarket chain Asda plans to open its first two Asda Express stores in the UK over the next two months.
One of the stores will be located in Sutton Coldfield and open on 8 November, while the other will open on 6 December in Tottenham Hale, London.
Each store will house around 3,000 products, including fresh and chilled groceries.
They will also offer products from Asda’s premium Extra Special range and a broad selection of beers, wines and spirits.
Asda said that the two stores will create 37 jobs for local communities.
As part of its ‘test and learn’ approach, the retailer plans to expand its Asda Express portfolio to 30 sites, generating around 500 jobs by next year.
The Asda Express concept stores will be separate from the retailer’s Asda On the Move convenience sites and the 132 convenience stores it agreed to acquire from the Co-op Group.
Asda co-owner Mohsin Issa said: “The launch of our first two Asda Express convenience stores is a landmark moment for our great business and a key step on our journey to bring Asda to more customers in more communities right across the UK.
“The stores have been designed to cater for a broad range of customer needs – whether that’s popping in for a pint of milk, grabbing a spot of lunch on the go, or buying the fresh ingredients to cook dinner from scratch.
“We’re confident customers will find everything they need in these stores and enjoy the convenience of having a new type of Asda store on their doorstep.
“I’m delighted to welcome the new colleagues at Sutton Coldfield and Tottenham Hale to the Asda family – leading us on our first steps into this market and am grateful to all the colleagues who have worked with such pace and enthusiasm to bring this vision to life for Asda.”