Thomas Green's, which operates British grocery shops abroad, has announced the successful launch of its first three stores in the Costa Blanca, Spain.

The first Spanish shops have opened in Moraira, Benijofar and Gran Alacant to serve the significant expatriate British community and growing tourist industry, as well as the local population.

"Following the early success of our stores in The Hague and in Amsterdam, we are delighted to have begun our rollout in Spain," said Philip Evans, managing director of Thomas Green's.

"Spain, which is home to over a million British expats and welcomes over 16 million British tourists to its resorts each year, is a natural market for Thomas Green's.  In particular, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol represent excellent locations for franchisees given their popularity with Britons on holiday or seeking a home in the sun," Evans added.

Thomas Green's expects to roll out over 40 stores, including 20 in Spain, within the next three years.

Founded in 2004, Thomas Green's works in partnership with UK grocery distributor Nisa-Today's and its export partner Nisa International. With access to Nisa-Today's product range and Nisa International's global distribution network, Thomas Green's is able to supply its overseas shops with over 12,000 ambient, chilled and frozen food products; the lines typically sold in major UK supermarkets. In addition, Thomas Green's supplies many non-food items including magazines, DVDs and stationery to its franchisees.