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Food Retailer Group plans to close 12 Budgens stores Subscription

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Staff will face “difficult and troubling time”, says Usdaw

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Home Bargains buys majority of Netto sites Subscription

05 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Discounter takes 11 sites based in north of England after outlining expansion plans


Subway opens 10th East of England Co-op branch

20 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Sandwich brand is looking to grow its estate beyond the high street

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Bibby Distribution boosts warehouse space at Corby DC Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Acquisition takes company’s warehouse space to more than 2.2 million sq ft

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EasyFoodstore weighs up new sites as Park Royal gets facelift Subscription

14 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

Any future new stores would likely be slightly bigger on secondary retail sites with the right demographics


Jersey Costcutter-SandpiperCI merger rejected in first review Subscription

13 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Regulator wants to “understand thoroughly” the impact on local people

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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

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The Co-op hits 100 new stores in 2016 with Bourne End opening

09 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

The society has invested £67m in new grocery stores so far this year


Lidl to open £70m distribution centre at iPort, Doncaster Subscription

02 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Opening forms part of discounter’s three-year UK expansion

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JJ Food Service opens 35,000 sq ft branch in Leicester Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Benedict Cooper

Cash & carry and delivery facilities and a customer showroom have been installed since JJ took over the site

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Gü Puds to open new Bishop's Stortford factory next summer Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Beth Gault

The 100,000 sq ft facility is part of new MD Sarah Baldwin’s vision for the “next chapter” for Gü

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FDF unveils redesigned logo at new London headquarters Subscription

11 Nov 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Director general brands move ‘important milestone’ for the organisation

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Tesco and Branston team up for 'wonky' potato processing deal

13 Oct 2016 | By Kevin White

The £5m facility in Lincolnshire was officially opened on 13 October

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Co-op's Thurrock distribution centre bought by Tritax Big Box Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The whole facility is being acquired with an unexpired lease of around nine-and-a-half years

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Spar enters Albanian market with two stores in Tirana

10 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Spar International has partnered with Albanian retail operator the Balfin Group

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Amazon to open 14th fulfilment centre in Daventry in 2017

06 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Opening will push Amazon’s UK workforce over the 18.000 mark

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Natoora opens 'shop within a shop' in Selfridges food hall

06 Oct 2016 | By Kevin White

The ‘shop within a shop’ builds on the brand’s ambition “to make better-tasting fruit & vegetables available to everyone”

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Blakemore opens Bmorelocal convenience store in Grimsby Subscription

04 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The 1,000 sq ft store is the third to operate under the premium convenience fascia

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Hogs Back Brewery kicks off £400,000 Tongham site investment

04 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The first development will be three new fermenting and maturation vessels


Sainsbury's to close branch in Merry Hill, Dudley

29 Sep 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The 32,000 sq ft store will close on 30 December following a review of its performance

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Sainsbury's to convert former Netto stores in Lymm and Hedon Subscription

22 Sep 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Sainsbury’s has not ruled out opening its stores on other Netto sites

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Waitrose to 'turbocharge' investment in stores as sales drop Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The retailer was hit by a £25m property writedown on seven supermarkets it no longer plans to open

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Sainsbury's to open more Argos concessions and mini Habitats Subscription

05 Sep 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

The move will take the number of Argos digital concessions, which range from 1,000 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft, to over 30

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P&H announces plans to grow Central Convenience chain Subscription

02 Sep 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Palmer & Harvey has announced ambitious plans to grow its Central Convenience chain by 60 stores a year

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One Stop opens new franchise at former Sainsbury's Local site Subscription

01 Sep 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Local businessman Roger Lambert took over the Sainsbury’s Local site in Rawmarch

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'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


Netto: why Sainsbury's and Dansk pulled the plug on joint venture Subscription

07 Jul 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Four reasons why the plug was pulled on Sainsbury’s Netto joint venture with Dansk

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Grocery Retail Structure 2016

20 May 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

With Musgrave and Morrisons pulling out, convenience is in the spotlight, while the big four have all but stopped growing

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Co-op's renewal beckons as rebuild shapes up nicely Subscription

15 Apr 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

A major brand relaunch, a fundamental reset of membership proposition and a subtle change in positioning in the pipeline

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Will Whole Foods Market 2.0 be a world of tattoos & tastings? Subscription

17 Mar 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Store sales are down at ‘America’s healthiest grocery store’. Will a smaller, more budget-friendly format put them back on the right track?

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Waitrose's Bagshot store is part of the Surrey scenery Subscription

26 Feb 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Waitrose’s Bagshot branch actually blends into the landscape. But that’s not all that’s special about the store

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How the store of the future is sweating existing space Subscription

26 Feb 2016 | By Megan Tatum

It’s no longer just about gleaming new builds but making the most of existing space

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Flexibility and footfall key to the Jedi revolution at Majestic Subscription

20 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

With Majestic’s mature stores growing, Rowan Gormley believes he can sweat a successful strategy out of his existing estate

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How Morrisons tie-up with MFG could shake up forecourt sector Subscription

06 Nov 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The move has been described as “massive” by one of MFG’s forecourt rivals

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How to future-proof new store acquisitions Subscription

18 Sep 2015

With Mike Greene buying 140 M Local stores, it seems retail acquisition is top of mind for many in grocery

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Van man Mike Greene itching to get My Local on the road Subscription

18 Sep 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The entrepreneur is confident simple changes to layout and ranging can work wonders for the stores whatever the locations

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Is Waitrose getting its store formats right? Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Waitrose MD Mark Price hit the headlines this week following a newspaper interview in which he suggested some of his rival…

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