Martin McColl

McColl's sales jump as Co-op stores start trading Subscription

24 Jul 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

McColl’s Retail Group ’gained momentum’ in the first half as it integrated the acquired 298 Co-op convenience stores and recorded strong sales growth.

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CMA vows to investigate Tesco-Booker impact on P&H Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA has received complaints from a number of third parties about the potentially crushing impact…

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Applegreen makes first US move with deal for Brandi Group Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

South Caroline forecourt operator Brandi Group has 42 sites, including 34 petrol filling stations


Moto plans new service station on M3 near Basingstoke Video

03 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

If proposals go ahead, development will create 215 jobs

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Bestway plots growth via own-label revamp Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The wholesaler has relaunched its Best-in range under the Best-one name

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Nisa continues its turnaround but falling sales reveal vulnerability Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The group has delivered strong improvements in EBITDA and a return to pre-tax profit, but key sales metrics are down

Spar Thailand

Spar to partner with DHL for 300 new c-stores in Thailand Subscription

29 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Spar International is to partner with DHL Supply Chain and the Bangchak Retail Company.

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Energy suppliers blocked from 'locking in' micro businesses Subscription

27 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed the move from the Competition & Markets Authority

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P&G retail ambassadors tackle household category 'confusion' Subscription

26 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The ShelfHelp panel comprises Spar, Spend N Save, Londis, SimplyFresh, Premier Stores, Go Local Extra, and One Stop retail

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C-stores cutting staff hours to cope with NLW says ACS Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The ACS survey of 1,200 symbol and independent retailers showed 21% had decreased staff hours in May


Appleby Westward to cut SKUs to 'meet convenience needs' Subscription

20 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

It is also adding Spar brand products and ranges of protein and free-from products to its lower wholesale price initiative

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Co-operative model "more resilient in post-Brexit zeitgeist" Subscription

20 Jun 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The UK Co-operative Economy 2017 report says Co-op values strike a chord with public’s mood amid upheaval

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Euro Garages forks out £595,995 to buy Spaghetti Junction pub

19 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Plans to redevelop The Armada on Powick Road, opposite Spaghetti Junction, into a filling station and retail unit…

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Euro Garages parent buys over 1,000 service stations in Italy Subscription

19 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Intervias said the deal with ExxonMobil was for 1,176 sites in several Italian regions

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Spar appoints Wouter Lefevere head of international buying Subscription

19 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Lefevere will take on key buying responsibilities including supplier relationships and negotiations

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Applegreen names Niall Dolan chief financial officer Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Dolan replaces Paul Lynch who announced earlier this year that he was leaving the company on 30 June…


Spar ramps up prize offering as Shop & Win campaign returns Subscription

15 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Winners will be entered into a draw to win the grand prize of £10,000

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Nisa's Making a Difference Locally charity hits £7m donations

15 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The buying group hit the milestone after £94,000 worth of donations were made in May

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Roadchef links with Melitta for service station coffee supply Subscription

14 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The deal will include an exclusive new iced beverage menu in Roadchef’s Fresh Food Café and Restbite outlets…

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Trio of Surrey tobacco smugglers jailed for fraud Subscription

14 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

The illicit tobacco market costs the UK around £2.4bn a year according to HMRC


Nisa Retail explores potential sale of member-owned buying group Subscription

12 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Nisa told its members this weekend that it had received ’a number of enquires and proposals’

Darcy Willson-Rymer

Costcutter to use Shopper First refurbs as incentive Subscription

08 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The symbol group has piloted its ‘Shopper First’ programme in seven stores since October

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Brexit tariffs could trigger recession, warns Musgrave CEO

07 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Chris Martin said a 40% World Trade Organization tariff on the cost of goods would be the worst-case scenario


Television commerce app Foodnfilm eyes c-store operators

07 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

The ‘t-commerce’ platform for smart TVs provides access to thousands of restaurants and delivery companies

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema

Scottish Grocers Federation adds c-store 'planning portal' Subscription

05 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Retailers can access information on planning applications and local development plans


Buying fiercely independent Nisa will be no easy feat

19 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Unlike Booker, which is a publicly listed company, Nisa is a member-owned collective of fiercely independent retailers


Nisa sale: what you need to know Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

It’s talking to interested parties, so why is it up for sale, who’s in the running, and what of the mutuality question?

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The inconvenient truth: What Brits really think of c-stores Video

06 Jun 2017

Convenience stores aren’t that convenient, as our consumer research reveals more Brits would rather shop at larger stores, even if they are further away. So, what can c-stores do to earn their name?

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Insects: Joanna Blythman should swot up

25 May 2017

Sir, Such a lack of research behind many of Joanna Blythman’s comments last week

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Suddenly franchise operators are queuing up like buses

19 May 2017 | By Adam Leyland

This week the Co-op entered the franchise fray following similar moves from Sainsbury’s (Euro Garages) and Morrisons

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Are franchises the future of convenience? Subscription

19 May 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

With franchising, growth can be achieved with minimal outlay, particularly in convenience

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Grocery Retail Structure Report 2017 Subscription

19 May 2017

Franchising is increasingly seen as the new route to growth for the big four, download our GRS 2017 to get the full picture

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Five machines to whip up extra sales for c-stores Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Kit at NCS may provide competitive edge for hard-pressed retailers

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Marriage of convenience: National Convenience Show preview 2017 Video

06 Apr 2017 | By Alex Wright

The National Convenience Show 2017 will leave no doubt: food to go and technology is a match made in heaven

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Fight this PayPoint landgrab

27 Mar 2017 | By Steve Parfett

Steve Parfett is unimpressed with PayPoint’s new EPoS system for indies

CRA winners

Mullan's tops the bill at 2017 Convenience Retail Awards Subscription

23 Mar 2017

The Convenience Retail Awards 2017, organised by The Grocer and Convenience Store, celebrated the best retailers


The need for speed: what next for supermarket deliveries? Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

With super fast delivery now ‘the currency’ of the retail market, how will retailers develop their offers?

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