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Japanese food centre set for September opening in London Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

A demo kitchen will offer live demonstrations and a traditional yatai will be situated at the entrance

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Central Convenience Stores buys Combe Martin filling station Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The acquisition takes the number of sites it owns in the UK to 116

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M&S unveils plans to open 36 new stores and close six Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The majority of the new outlets will be food-only stores

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Blakemore acquires five stores from County Stores administrators Subscription

19 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

County Stores Holdings fell into administration on 6 April due to “difficult trading conditions”

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Midcounties Co-op opens 'eco-friendly' Upper Rissington store Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The store features LED lighting and energy-efficient refrigerators to reduce emissions

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First look: Waitrose Haywards Heath Subscription

04 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The latest addition to the Waitrose estate hosts a number of the retailer’s new concepts, including an open kitchen and wine bar

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Lidl creates 400 jobs at new multimillion pound RDC in Wednesbury Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The 435,938 sq ft centre becomes its largest warehouse in the UK – the equivalent of 10 football pitches

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Euro Garages plans Starbucks drive-through at former dentist Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The application comes days after Euro Garages opened a new service station in Buckshaw Village, Chorley

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Pub conversion planning application loophole to be closed Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Developers will be required to submit a planning application if they plan to convert or demolish a pub

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Property value of major supermarkets down £6.5bn in two years Subscription

20 Mar 2017 Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Research by Saving Stream showed the property estates of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda amounted to £37.8bn in 2016

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Welcome Break opens temporary building at Fleet Services Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The rear of the building was destroyed when a blaze erupted in a restaurant at the southbound site on the M3 in December

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Euro Garages opens KFC drive-through at Mill Farm development Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Forecourt operator plans to open 30 more across the UK by 2020

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Costcutter opens Shopper First pilot store in Leeds Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The store will allow the symbol to collect shopper reactions and insight for future stores

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Euro Garages picks up final four High Noon Stores forecourts Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Euro Garages intends to re-open the sites within the next few weeks after refurbishment

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SSP opens Starbucks at Gatwick Airport's South Terminal Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

SSP first signed a licensing partnership with Starbucks in 2008

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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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Euro Garages adds High Noon sites to Little Chef purchase Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

High Noon Stores had operated 15 convenience stores and forecourts, but fell into administration at the end of 2016


Waitrose to close six stores and alter store management roles Subscription

09 Feb 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Waitrose will open a total of eight new stores over the course of the year

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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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Reynolds wholesale opens third new depot in 13 months

26 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Eastleigh depot follows sites in Gillingham and Bury St Edmunds

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Healthy Foods Online to open store on Liverpool's Bold Street Subscription

25 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Due to open in March, LIV will target young professionals keen to lead a healthy lifestyle…

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Iceland begins second phase of £5m Deeside HQ investment Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailer said it was looking to provide an enhanced working environment for its growing central team

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Wincanton seals deal to manage Coca-Cola's Lisburn warehouse

17 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The supply chain specialist will handle both raw materials and finished product

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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

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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

Whole Foods Market

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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