Top 50 Independents 2018

The top 50 independents: How to be king of your own castle Subscription

12 Mar 2018 | By James Halliwell

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Nisa Guildford forecourt to get vape store in £750k expansion

04 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The forecourt will also include an in-store florist concession, a 1,500 sq ft food to go operation with in-store bakery and health food section


Convenience stores lobby for change in shopworker abuse laws Subscription

03 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The ACS had identified violence to staff as the most significant risk in the sector


Costcutter releases guides with Xmas advice for retailers

03 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The videos include Christmas confectionery, party food and promotional products

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How the Co-op's Pay in Aisle app is faring in West Didsbury Subscription

30 Nov 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The future has arrived with the Co-op’s Pay in Aisle app


PayPoint set to go live with Booker and Nisa in new year Subscription

30 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

A similar deal with Costcutter will be announced at a later date

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James Hall retailers win funding from Spar study tour Subscription

27 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Store owners and managers visited 21 stores in Preston, Durham, Southport and Manchester

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Convenience stores urged to take part in Small Business Saturday this weekend

26 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

SBS is a grassroots campaign which encourages the public to ‘shop local’ and support small firms in their communities

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A fifth of bakery goods eaten OOH 'from c-stores and supers'

22 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Sandwiches and wraps drove most out-of-home bakery sales in supermarkets and c-stores

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Appleby Westward aiming to recruit 24 stores over next year Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

MD Mike Boardman said 10 stores had already been identified


Nisa to run promotions on Italian foods in world cuisine push

08 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The promotion will also feature deals on Italian beers

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We must all take a stand against abusive crimes on retail workers

07 Nov 2018 | By Jo Whitfield

Dealing with assaults against staff will take collaboration across retailers, the police and government, says Co-op retail CEO Jo Whitfield


PayPoint and eBay link on Collect+ click & collect service Subscription

07 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The eBay click & collect service will become available at 2,500 retailers

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Central England Co-op brings in raft of security improvements Subscription

05 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The measures follow a comprehensive security review across the business

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Symbol group members 'more satisfied' after consolidation

05 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Results are form an Him survey of 1,500 retailers from 12 symbol groups

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Food and drink winners and losers in the 'giveaway' Budget Subscription

02 Nov 2018 | By The Grocer News Team

There were changes to business rates, online taxation, the national living wage and duty

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Bagboard paper bag ad firm links with 2,000 London retailers Subscription

31 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

Independents affiliated to symbol groups such as Nisa, Costcutter and Londis have committed to be involved in the scheme

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Supermarkets grow share of eating-out breakfast/lunch visits Subscription

30 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

Their share of breakfast visits rose from 5% in the third quarter of 2017 to 6.0%

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The Co-op launches new store format 'On the Go' Video Subscription

29 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

First Co-op On the Go opened today in Manchester Piccadilly station

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Henderson Group accelerates bespoke self-checkout rollout Subscription

29 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

A total of 40 lanes would be installed by the end of this year

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One Stop credits like-for-like growth to own-label relaunch Subscription

26 Oct 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco-owned One Stop grew like-for-like sales by 5% last year as the 2017 re-launch of its own label range boosted sales at the convenience chain.


ACS calls for collaboration with police to cut retail crime Subscription

25 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

The call follows the publication of the Home Affairs Committee’s report into policing

Pukka Pies on the go range

Pukka Pies unveils its first on-the-go options Subscription

24 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand is set to launch Sausage Roll (150g), Meat & Potato Pasty (180g) and four variants of pie (150g)

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One JCR store catches 39 shoplifters in five days Subscription

24 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

Of the 39 shoplifters apprehended, six were carrying knives

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Vending could be the next big retail disruptor – if we can get it right

24 Oct 2018 | By Jemima Bird

Vending machines create a feeling of distance and if retailers can bridge this gap they can reap the benefits, says Jemima Bird of Hello Finch

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Co-op to open three former Little Waitrose stores Subscription

23 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The fourth store in London’s Portman Square will open at the beginning of November

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Heart of England Co-op reports 7% sales jump Subscription

23 Oct 2018 | By Andrew Don

The growth comes despite the society pointing to a tough trading environment

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Post Office given go-ahead to complete Payzone takeover Subscription

19 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The deal is set to complete next week after being waved through by the Competition and Markets Authority…

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Lifestyle Express fascia gets boost from Time club members Subscription

19 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The move sees 30 stores switching to Lifestyle Express


Co-op drops plans to open Belsize Park store after protests Subscription

19 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Grocer understands there had been more than 130 objections submitted

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Entries open for 2019 Convenience Retail Awards

19 Oct 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

A number of special awards will also be presented to retailers that excel in key categories and disciplines

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How Sainsbury's is using startups to reset snacking in Locals

19 Oct 2018 | By Maddie Maynard

Over the past six months, Sainsbury’s has completely transformed the range of till-side snacks in its Local c-stores

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First Morrisons Daily store to open on Guernsey Subscription

19 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sandpiper opened its first Morrisons Daily on Jersey in May

Halalivery's Tawfiq Abu-Khajil, Rawan Abu-Ishira and Amur Anzorov

New online delivery service specialising in halal food Subscription

18 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The app partners with three butchers, three grocers and more than 25 restaurants

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Co-op kicks-off Halloween campaign with footie ad

17 Oct 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

The new ad features young footballers from Bookham Colts Football Club

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Ubamarket scan-as-you-go app set for Budgens Islington launch Subscription

08 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The app is days away from launching in a Budgens owned by Paul Gardner in Islington, north London

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McColl's looks to revamp pricing, range, website and loyalty offer Subscription

05 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

McColl’s CEO Jonathan Miller told the recent IGD Convenience Retailing Summit that food to go was a “massive opportunity”

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Co-op and Nisa to align commercial teams Subscription

04 Oct 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

CEO Ken Towle said move was fundamental to doing a better job for customers

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Southampton Londis store adopts Ubamarket shopping app Subscription

04 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The app lets customers and scan as they shop and could enable checkout-free payment

Chris Conway, Co-op Head of Food Digital

Co-op extends taxi home delivery service to 12 stores Subscription

01 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Customers can get a lift home with their shopping in trial analysts say could point to online ambitions

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Blakemore opens Insomnia Coffee outlet at Spar Thurcroft Subscription

28 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

It has created jobs for six new members of staff and offers indoor and outdoor seating for 35 customers

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