illegal tobacco campaign

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

alpro free from spar fixture

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

Tout Cleeve Pub

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

chairman Peter Blakemore

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

High Noon

High Noon Stores goes into administration after stores close Subscription

09 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Grocer understands that customers were experiencing issues with fuel shortages at several sites late last year

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Midcounties Co-operative reports Christmas sales uplift Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Company attributes performance to senior citizen scheme and improved party ranges

Nisa Truck

Nisa reports strong Christmas boosted by fresh produce sales Subscription

04 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The figures given exclude former member My Local, which filed for administration in June

Newspapers and magazines

Express Newspapers hikes payments for indies handling inserts Subscription

22 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Increase of more than 7% follows similar move by The Telegraph last month

Spar Appleby Westward

Appleby Westward exceeds store recruitment target by over 50%

21 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The group recruited 37 new stores this year, more than 50% ahead of its budgeted target

Central Convenience store

Central Convenience snaps up Hunnyhill Stores Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Hunnyhill deal will bring Central Convenience’s store total to 115

Co-op new membership card

Co-op sharpens game with overhaul of IT Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Food has signed a contract with software provider SAP to provide it with a new IT infrastructure

bargain booze

Conviviality secures 15 c-stores for Bargain Booze Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

Conviviality Retail has acquired the entire share capital of KMD Enterprises

one stop christmas promotions

One Stop boosts Christmas offer with extended gift range Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

New products include McVitie’s Celebration Cracker Cake Bars and toys from Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets movies

budgens nan vs deals

Budgens launches Nan Vs Deals digital Christmas ads Video

08 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The videos are geo-targeted to store locations and each user will not see each advert more than twice

mccoll's store

McColl's New Addington calls for more bags to store donations Subscription

07 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

The convenience store chain is collecting toys and teddies on behalf of disadvantaged children at 1,300 of its sites

Morrisons Rontec

Morrisons opens first Morrisons Daily pilot with Rontec Subscription

06 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

The site in Hamilton, Leicester, is the first of 10 pilot sites with Rontec across England

amazon go 620

Amazon unveils checkout-free convenience store Video Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The new store is based in Seattle and currently in beta testing

One-stop online training

One Stop offers retailers free e-learning and people scheme

05 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The kit aims to get franchisees and their staff members in line with Trading Standards legislation

Bmorelocal mockup

Blakemore Wholesale opens premium Bmorelocal in Northumberland Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Bmorelocal fascia offers retailers a full symbol group package including chilled, frozen, EPoS and food to go 

co-op christmas ad

Co-op Christmas ad plays up ethical and community credentials Video

01 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Co-op pledged to give 1% of own-brand sales to good causes in September

mccoll's store

New stores drive full year sales growth at McColl's Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Convenience store and newsagent chain McColl’s Retail Group (MCLS) has announced a 1.7% rise in fourth quarter sales driven by new stores and food and wine conversions

Booths Christmas

Booths hosts its first Christmas 2016 event

30 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The event at Booths Poulton on 7 December between 6pm-9pm will celebrate Booths’ Great Northern Christmas range

Asad Shah

Asad Shah killer loses appeal to cut prison sentence Subscription

29 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Tanveer Ahmed was told today by appeal judges that the sentence imposed on him was legally sound 

Neil Ashworth Web

Nisa Retail adds two independent non-exec directors Subscription

28 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

The group said the appointments of Neil Ashworth and Arnu Misra had followed a comprehensive search process

night tube one use

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?

amazon go

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

symbols one use

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?

rude health porridge pots

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

tobacco display ban

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?

ian garrett quote web

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

mccoll's store

'Convenience is a good place to be' says sized up McColl's Subscription

22 Jul 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The £117m deal for 298 Co-op stores will fuel McColl’s continued transition from CTN to convenience retailer

peter blakemore

The Blakemore guide to survival Subscription

14 Jul 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Peter Blakemore’s Spar-centric empire keeps delivering despite the ever more brutal c-store environment (see MyLocal)

Is the sad story of My Local's failure the next BHS? No

24 Jun 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Greene’s c-store credentials are considerable and Greybull had just turned around Monarch…

my local mike greene

What led My Local to teeter on edge of administration? Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

When Mike Greene took over the 130-strong Morrisons c-store estate in September, he was brimming with enthusiasm

bmorelocal marc and wanda winchester

Bmorelocal creates premium vision for c-store standards Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Ambitious business couple Wanda and Marc Winchester wanted the best fascia support in a premium package

food waste one use

How c-stores can join The Grocer's food waste campaign

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

How c-stores can join The Grocer’s food Waste Not Want Not campaign

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