Leon to turn sites into mini-supermarkets

Healthy fast food brand, Leon, which has over 75 quick service branches, is to transform its shops into mini-supermarkets, and launch a new online platform to allow customers to book a delivery slot a few days in advance.

Launching on 25 March, the stores and website will sell restaurant quality ready meals, sauces, meats, and other food that customers can store and eat at home. Until the 25th, customers will also be able to order Leon food using Deliveroo and JustEat.

Leon also announced that it is now offering 50% off for all NHS staff. The company said, 'NHS workers are toiling around the clock and will be for the forseeable future. We want to help them with 50% off, and support those who work in hospitals near to LEON restaurants with free food deliveries.'

Leon founder and CEO John Vincent said, ‘Right now you have struggling restaurants and their staff ready to provide food to customers on the one hand, and on the other, supermarkets with empty shelves. The balance isn’t right. Not for customers, not for people facing job losses and not for businesses.’

The new online platform has been developed alongside hospitality provider Absolute Taste but will work in partnership with other catering companies and food suppliers to offer them the chance to sell directly to customers.

Nigel Harris, founder of Absolute Taste, said, ‘There are butchers for hotels, pubs and restaurants. There are suppliers of fruit and veg employing thousands of people and they will go bust after Boris did his job on restaurants – we think our new platform for delivering to the home will help solve two critical issues right now.’