Martin McColl

McColl’s vows to continue convenience acquisitions as store numbers break 1,000 Subscription

27 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

McColl’s plans to continue its acquisitive push in the convenience grocery sector, despite having only received regulatory approval for its buyout of almost 300 Co-op stores in the weeks before Christmas.

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Tesco to scrap 1,700 deputy manager positions in Express stores Subscription

27 Feb 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailer is looking to create 3,300 new shift leader roles

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Sheerness store suspended from National Lottery activity Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Costcutter said the owner was working closely with Camelot to restore this service as soon as possible

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Spar Go loyalty app set for trial next month Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Member-only pricing is available to give registered app users discounts on everyday items like eggs or milk

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The Co-op to add local ranges to all c-stores in shake-up Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The move is part of its Renewal strategy under new CEO Steve Murrells

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Northern Ireland's first Simply Fresh closes after six weeks Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Several retailers in the area are interested in snapping up the site

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The Co-op puts Bank up for sale Subscription

13 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Flatlining interest rates and high transformation costs put a spoke in bank’s plans for organic growth

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Brixton Costcutter links with Deliveroo for booze service Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Brixton Cellar delivers alcohol, snacks and confectionery to customers within two miles of the store

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Co-op Group CEO Richard Pennycook to step down

07 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Pennycook will be to be replaced by Co-op retail chief executive Steve Murrells

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Amazon on the hunt for London convenience store sites Video Subscription

06 Feb 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Checkout-free stores could soon come to the UK, according to reports

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Spar runs beer promotional event to drive growth Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Month-long event will feature in-store promotions on popular craft, ale and world beer ranges

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Spar opens new supermarket in the University of Hull Subscription

26 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Previously supplied by the NUS, since changing to the new fascia weekly like-for-like sales are up 20%

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MPK Garages picks up Derbyshire site as growth plan continues Subscription

24 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Riverside Service Station in Belper is the forecourt operator’s second acquisition in the past year

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Costcutter opens 'Shop the Way You Live' pilot in Yorkshire Subscription

23 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The 2,800 sq ft new-build store applies sales-driving initiatives found in the Costcutter ‘Shopper First’ customer study


Supermarket shopping app Ubamarket secures PE rollout funds Subscription

20 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The app is currently being trialled in the Warner Budgens flagship store in Moreton-in-Marsh

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Him! identifies new shopper profiles in convenience Subscription

19 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Him! names three new shopper mentalities: Casual Connoisseur, Modern Mindset and Fast Consumption shoppers

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Euro Garages reportedly lining up Little Chef bid Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The forecourt operator is understood to be in “advanced talks” to buy the brand and its 70 restaurants from Kout Food Group

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Shane Meadows directs series of short films for Co-op ads Video

18 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The society today revealed a target to recruit a million new members by the end of 2017

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Gousto surveys customers on potential Co-op collection deal Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The development comes after Tesco and Waitrose trialled their own in-store recipe kits towards the end of last year

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Central England Co-operative Christmas like-for-likes up 4.6% Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Central England Co-op said like-for-like sales in convenience stores increased by 6.2% over the period

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New push against illicit tobacco launched by NFRN and Imperial Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Fifty thousand anti-illicit trade kits branded with Imperial’s Suspect it? Report it! campaign are being distributed

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Alpro and Spar target free-from boost with fixture trial Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

The ambient fixture, which also includes non-Alpro products, is being trialled in 55 Spar stores

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Tout's Budgens faces opposition from locals over pub conversion Subscription

11 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Tout’s completed the purchase of the Lord Nelson pub in Cleeve, Somerset, in December

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AF Blakemore sees sales and profits rise despite deflation Subscription

11 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Spar wholesaler reported a 2.4% sales increase to £1.31bn for the year ending 30 April 2016


Nisa's Making a Difference Locally completes record year

11 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The charity initiative donated over £1.4m to charities and good causes in 2016

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Steve Murrells sets out his vision for Co-op renewal post-Pennycook Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

With Richard Pennycook departing, Steve Murrells sets out his vision for the renewal phase of a more aggressive society


Deliveroo: a pick-me-up for the traditional c-store? Subscription

09 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Volumes are still small but convenience retailers see big potential

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Indies split over impact of Tesco-Booker merger plan Subscription

03 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The independent trade is split down the middle on the merits of the shock £3.7bn Tesco-Booker merger

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Catering, not indie retail, is the key to Tesco-Booker merger

02 Feb 2017 | By Charles Hall

It is great to hear that everyone will benefit from the Tesco ‘merger’ with Booker - but it’s also somewhat disingenuous

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Tesco's Booker deal is further evidence of supermarket future-proofing Subscription

27 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

For Sainsbury’s and Argos and Morrisons and Amazon, you can now read Tesco and Booker

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Putting fascias to the test Subscription

20 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum, Ellis Hawthorne

Every week, The Grocer 33 rates the supermarkets. So how did convenience stores cope with a scaled down version?

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Will the Night Tube escalate sales for London c-stores? Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The 24-hour service will boost sales near Tube hot spots. But does it justify the costs of being open?

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Self-service is great but you have to get the balance right Subscription

09 Dec 2016 | By Adam Leyland

It’s well known that self-service checkouts increase shrinkage. They can also make a store soulless

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University challenge: symbol groups study the student market Subscription

11 Nov 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Fingers on buzzers please: how can symbol groups make big bucks from university students?

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Convenience means something different to every shopper Subscription

03 Nov 2016 | By Camilla Barnard

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve reasoned that porridge pots aren’t the time-saver they appear to be

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ASH sets out to wean indies off their reliance on tobacco Subscription

21 Oct 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

The group claims indies could make more money if they cut down on tobacco to focus on more profitable lines. Does it have a point?

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The convenience stores getting chilled right Subscription

29 Sep 2016 | By Ian Garrett

It’s a well-known fact that getting the chilled fixture right has been a perennial challenge for convenience retailers

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