Top 50 Independents 2018

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

12 Mar 2018 | By James Halliwell

It’s a brutal market out there in which to be an independent. So who would want to do it? What does it take?

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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

Insomnia Coffee

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

Sainsbury's Local

Sainsbury’s Local brings in case-by-case ranging for stores Subscription

28 Sep 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Sainsbury’s is ditching the ‘one size fits all’ approach in favour of tailored offerings to suit local needs

Budgens closures

Budgens opens first farm shop partnership under its fascia

25 Sep 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Gonalston Farm Shop is set to maintain 80% sourcing autonomy while adding grocery lines from Budgens

costcutter self checkout

Costcutter to roll out self-checkouts with latest software Subscription

24 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

The Brunel University store is the first to get the self-checkout with the new software

Alpro caffe cup

Alpro to push into c-stores with Caffè coffee cup format

24 Sep 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Caffè Cups will feature a new Almond & Brazilian Coffee blend

One stop website

One Stop unveils new website for 'easier navigation'

21 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

The site features recipes to inspire customers to try new dishes


Nisa owner joins campaign to block new Co-op store

21 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Co-op began talking to the site owners before it bought Nisa

Veggie Pret shelves

Pret to take its vegetarian format to Manchester

19 Sep 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Pret currently has three veggie only stores in London

southern co-op local flavours sourcing

Southern Co-op to highlight Locally Sourced range in new push Subscription

18 Sep 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

In the seven months from February to August 2018, Southern Co-op shoppers bought nearly two million local products

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Food-to-go mission less important to forecourts, says report

17 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Him’s Winning in Forecourts 2018 report identifies a consistent decline in the relevance of food to go to forecourt stores

steve murrells

Retailers cannot prevent hard Brexit food shortages: Co-op Subscription

14 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Chef executive Steve Murrells called for urgent reassurances from the government

Easyfood's Gurpreet Sidhu, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Jeewan Sagu

EasyFood offers free subscription to restaurants Subscription

13 Sep 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Ambition remains “100%” to move into grocery following expansion drive

james lowman

ACS report reveals £814m spend on convenience stores Subscription

11 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Some 365,000 people are employed in mainland UK’s 46,262 convenience stores

spar trolleys

Blakemore Trade Partners targets boost for Spar retailers Subscription

11 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Blakemore sales director Neil Mercer said it wanted long-term partnerships with its retailers

Nisa Making a Difference Locally

Nisa's registered charity raises more than £10m in 10 years

07 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Nisa stores have made more than 10,000 individual donations to local causes over the past decade

Premier Victoria

Premier looks to bring in teens and vegans with store concept Subscription

07 Sep 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The concept store in Hull features seating areas and free wi-fi

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Concerns over Scottish government alcohol licence fee plans Subscription

05 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

ACS warned the new system would place unnecessary extra costs on retailers


PayPoint ahead of schedule with PayPoint One rollout Subscription

05 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

The updated all-in-one retail services platform has now been installed in more than 10,000 convenience stores

Scottish crab

Spar Scotland backs Food & Drink Fortnight campaign

03 Sep 2018 | By Andrew Don

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight runs until 16 September

Ginsters' first store

Ginsters moves into QSR market with first-ever Pasty Store

31 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Opening hours will be from 8.30am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday

Plastic bag

Single-use plastic bag charge to be extended and increased Subscription

31 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Businesses with fewer than 250 employees will no longer be exempt from the charge…

Select and Save

Select & Save unveils fascia for price-sensitive catchments Subscription

31 Aug 2018 | By Andrew Don

Five stores have opened under the secondary fascia


Nisa urges retailers to upgrade software to avoid hackers Subscription

30 Aug 2018 | By Andrew Don

Nisa warned retailers still using pre-Windows 7 operating systems may not be able to make orders

costcutter halloween

Costcutter focuses on adults with new Halloween campaign

29 Aug 2018 | By Andrew Don

Costcutter will promote the campaign to its retailers via the group’s ActivHub retailer portal

New Nisa store Hull

Nisa launches back to school promotional campaign

24 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The ‘Cool for School’ promotion will run until 9 September

co-op summer bbq ad

In a successful summer for retailers, the Co-op stands out Subscription

21 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Five years since the banking crisis that almost saw the Co-op go under, its turnaround has been remarkable

Morrisons and McColl's tieup

McColl's-Morrisons supply deal completed ahead of schedule Subscription

16 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The rollout of McColl’s supply agreement with Morrisons to 1,300 of its stores completed this week

Ken Towle

Big interview: Ken Towle on taking Nisa into a new era Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

New Nisa CEO Ken Towle on how he intends to ‘work back from customers’ and integrate Nisa into Co-op

eat 17 founders

Breaking the mould in convenience Video Subscription

08 Aug 2018 | By Angelina Mason

It was a humble beginning for the step brothers behind premium food retailer Eat 17

Todays Landmark

Buying groups Today's and Landmark agree to merge Subscription

06 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The proposed new company will be called Unitas Wholesale

henderson spar self checkout

Henderson Group plans more self-service tills following trial Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Bespoke system has been developed by its subsidiary Henderson Technology


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

Chinese Bacon Jam Eat 17

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…

Costcutter Kirton

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

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