Top 50 Independents 2018

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PayPoint and eBay link for Collect+ partnership

26 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The deal will give eBay customers the option of getting parcels delivered to 2,500 selected Collect+ locations


McColl’s results are a reminder of the dark days of November

23 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

CEO Miller admitted today the fallout from the P&H collapse was “unlike anything he had experienced in his almost 30 years in the business”

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IGD report predicts huge value growth for convenience channel Subscription

20 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

IGD said store development, speedy service and diversification into food to go are set to be the main drivers of growth


Co-op launches food masterclasses to educate staff

20 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Foodology programme aims to educate and inspire staff

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Eat 17 rolls out Chinese Bacon Jam variant

16 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

It blends Chinese five spice, soy sauce and sesame oil with Eat 17’s original Bacon Jam recipe


Costcutter boss Sir Michael Bibby should hand over the keys

13 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

With its five-year deal, the Co-op is in the driving seat to buy Costcutter

Trigo Vision

Trigo Vision gains $7m funding for checkout-free store system Subscription

12 Jul 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The $7m in funding, from Hetz Ventures and Vertex Ventures, is to be used to grow the research and development team…

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Co-op likely to return for Costcutter as £15m bid revealed Subscription

09 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Henry Saker-Clark

Co-op’s deal to supply Costcutter kicked-off on 28 May


Costcutter: from November crisis to 'remarkably good shape' Subscription

07 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

CEO Darcy Willson-Rymer believes Costcutter is ready to compete

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Central England Co-op introduces additional security measures

06 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The measures include increasing its provision of security guards in stores

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Londis develops new store model emphasising value Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

The new Londis model also looks to capitalise on health trends and aims for less reliance on tobacco


Costcutter store numbers decline in wake of P&H struggles Subscription

04 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Costcutter sore numbers fell from 2,200 to 1,776 in 2017

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Southern Co-op launches reusable hessian bags for charity Subscription

27 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The society has started selling the hessian bags at 15 of its branches

Eat 17

Eat 17 rolls out refillable stations in sustainability push

25 Jun 2018

Stations offer dried cereal, chickpeas, kidney beans, rice, gluten-free penne, chia seeds, dried lentils and goji berries


Costcutter upgrades online platform in new technology push Subscription

25 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

As part of the platform upgrade retailers can now review current and past orders and bookmark regularly bought products

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Obesity Plan Mark 2: government considers HFSS promotions ban Subscription

24 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Ministers announced they would pass legislation to ban so-called supermarket guilt lanes and buy one get one free deals

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Today's Group offers online training in 15 languages

22 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Users can now access the training in 15 different languages following popular demand from members

Illicit tobacco haul from Durham County Council

Fresh campaign leads to hundreds of illegal tobacco tip-offs Subscription

22 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Trading standards teams have received over 350 tip-offs since tobacco control programme Fresh launched its new Keep it Out

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Filshill axes 20 white cider lines after price hikes from MUP Subscription

22 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Lines dropped include 7.5% abv Pulse, which went from £2.99 to £7.50 for a 2l bottle as a result of MUP

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Central England Co-op extends food waste scheme to all stores

19 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

A pilot in nine Leicester stores delivered enough redistributed food for more than 12,000 meals


Costcutter to offer retailers standalone chip & pin terminals Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Suresite system is aimed at retailers not currently using Costcutter’s in-house epos system

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Colin Graves: ‘legend’ will be vital in steering Co-op through an uncertain future Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

It was always inevitable the Costcutter founder would be back, says news editor Ronan Hegarty

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Colin Graves to advise Co-op on wholesale and franchising

09 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Group CEO Steve Murrells described Graves as “a bit of a legend”

Clayton Park Deli

The 'Ultra Urban' convenience concept is changing retail

09 Jun 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Innovative new retail concepts like Ancoats General Store and Clayton Park Deli are using food to go to appeal to a young, ultra urban crowd, says Steve Parfett


JTI alerts retailers to fake tobacco voucher scam Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Silk Cut, Mayfair and Benson & Hedges were also hit by a similar fraudulent scheme in March 2015

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Cannabis-based vaping oil set for UK c-store debut Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Eden-branded cannabidiol oils from Libery Flights will roll out to Blakemore Trade Partners from 15 June


CMA launches phase one inquiry into MFG's takeover of MRH Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

The CMA’s decision on whether to wave the deal through or proceed to a more in-depth phase two inquiry is expected by 6 August.


Convenience stores: A desert for healthy options? Video

31 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

No longer content to be an oasis of fags and booze, c-stores are upping their game in the health stakes. But there is plenty of work left to do

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Best-one partners with Budweiser and Coca-Cola for World Cup

29 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The symbol group will offer retailers and consumers an array of prizes throughout the tournament

Eat 17

Eat 17 taps healthy convenience trend with new homemade range

21 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The range spans 72 lines and encompasses sandwiches and wraps, dinner options, sides and desserts

Costcutter Kirton

Costcutter appoints Mike Hollis as retail director

21 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Hollis joins Costcutter from Wickes, where he worked as COO for three-and-a-half years

Best one

Best-one recruits 125 stores in first four months of the year Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Bestway previously said it had signed up 60 ex-Costcutter and Mace stores to Best-one in February

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Blakemore rolls out Tonight's Tea concept after trial Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Tonight’s Tea is a specially branded fixture with a range of ready meals and prepared meat lines along with sides and desserts

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Today's Group to add 300 retail club stores Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The buying group is targeting independently run stores across the UK and Ireland


PayPoint and Link pilot new cash withdrawal service

16 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The PayPoint terminal will act like an ATM, removing the requirement for an additional machine

Budgens Islington store

Budgens Islington: renovation in search of perfection Subscription

16 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

It’s been a decade since Paul Gardner made the unorthodox switch from a career in the police force to taking on a run-down Budgens store in the heart of Islington

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One in four teen mystery shoppers able to buy knives Subscription

16 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

One in six retailers also failed test purchases for alcohol, according to Serve Legal

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Him research shows c-stores are losing out in food-to-go Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The percentage of convenience store shopping trips including the food-to-go mission has plummeted from 20% to 13%


Co-op investing in price and promotions for Nisa members Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Retail CEO Jo Whitfield has promised to “do a great job for Nisa members”


Budgens gears up to expand further north and into Scotland Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Budgens plans to use Booker’s 146,000 sq ft South Elmsall depot in Wakefield from July to help expand its presence in the north



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