Leon turns restaurants into mini supermarkets as stockpiling leaves shelves bare

Coronavirus has prompted panic-buying and stockpiling, which has caused all sorts of difficulties.

People are struggling to pick up essential items, including toilet roll, pasta, and canned goods, as those who are able to stockpile rushed to supermarkets the moment stores opened and cleared the shelves.

Healthy fast food brand Leon is doing their bit to help.

The brand, which has more than 75 restaurants, plans to transform its shops into mini supermarkets and to launch a new online platform to allow customers to book a delivery slot a few days in advance.

The restaurants and the Leon website will sell ready meals, sauces, meats, and other food that customers can store and eat at home.

The platform will launch by 25 March, but in the meantime customers will also be able to order Leon food using Deliveroo and JustEat.

Both the restaurant and website will sell restaurant-quality ready meals, sauces, meats and other food that customers can store and eat at home.

The platform will launch by March 25, while customers will also be able to buy food immediately using Deliveroo and JustEat.

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.’

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