M&S equips Chicester branch with energy efficient cooking and merchandising kit

M&S Food Hall, Chichester

Marks & Spencer has carried out a major foodservice equipment project at its Chichester store, bringing in the latest hot and chilled service counters to display products to customers. 

The company brought in Uxbridge-based food retail specialist Fri-Jado to assist with the fit-out of the new 10,000 sqft foodhall and it supplied cooking and merchandising equipment within the combined delicatessen and hot food-to-go department.

Fri-Jado UK supplied units from its custom range, including hot and chilled assisted service counters.

The counter units feature a one piece square glass design, which eliminates the need for a metal framework and provides an unobstructed view of food for increased sales. Internal illumination further enhances product visibility. The glass fascia lifts up within its own space for ease of cleaning and customer safety.

The chilled counter runs on a CO2 refrigerant system with zero ozone depleting characteristics and a negligible global warming potential.

Similarly, the hot counter’s triple glazed side panes ensure efficient power usage and insulation.

Fri-Jado UK also supplied a multisserie, which has the capacity to cook 60 whole chickens in 50 minutes. For kitchen theatre, the multisserie features a 270°C glass fascia, maximising the visibility of the cooking process for the customer to promote impulse purchases.

The multisserie, which incorporates a fully automatic cleaning system, was also supplied with an integral extraction hood, overcoming the problem of installing a costly central ventilation system.

Fri-Jado UK’s sister company, TEC Line Limited, worked closely with the contractors at the store in the the installation and commissioning of the equipment supplied.

In addition, Fri-Jado UK personnel spent several days on site, before and after the store opening, providing hands-on training to ensure that M&S employees were fully familiar with the equipment.

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