It has been announced that WH Smith and Aramark will be opening a shop and cafe Torbay hospital.
Following a tendering process, WH Smith will be operating a store and Aramark will run the adjacent 60-seater café – offering the newly launched Aroma coffee by Nero Roasting Company from the Caffè Nero brand.
The shop and cafe will be located in the brand new £15 million intensive care unit (ICU) due to open later this month. The shop and cafe will open in March.
Lesley Darke, Director of Estates and Commercial Development at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time as we see the years of planning become a reality and as we transform the delivery of care for our patients, visitors and staff.
“We are very pleased to welcome these well-known retailers to the Torbay Hospital site and we are confident they will provide an excellent service to all visitors, patients and staff.
“The fitting out of the retail unit and café is currently underway and they will be open for business soon after the brand-new front entrance of the hospital opens its doors to patients, visitors and staff.
“We are very pleased to be opening this new facility that will see our services for the most critically ill patients being transferred into state-of-the-art accommodation fit for 21st Century standards of care, and the provision of much needed support services for the public and our staff.”
The opening hours and product range of each outlet is currently being finalised. However, they will operate seven days a week and will complement the other retail services run by the Trust and the Hospital’s League of Friends.