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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How Eat 17 is reimagining the local grocery store concept

14 Feb 2019 | By Tim Mason

Tim Mason, CEO of Eagle Eye, is impressed by the chain’s new and exciting convenience retail format

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Co-op seeking independent retailers to open franchise stores Subscription

13 Feb 2019 | By Ronan Hegarty

Stores must be over 2,000 sq ft and turning over £20,000 a week

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Amazon secures central London retail space for Amazon Go Subscription

12 Feb 2019 | By Steve Farrell

The sites will be devoted to the UK’s first Amazon Go stores, where customers are automatically charged for their shopping

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Retailers under-reporting retail crime, claims SGF Subscription

12 Feb 2019 | By Lyndsey Cambridge

The SGF Crime Conference heard that in 2018, 100% of convenience retailers surveyed had experienced crime

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Vapouriz opens store-within-store at Londis service station Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Selwood

The vaping brand has claimed a UK first for its VapeStore outlet in Waterlooville

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Co-op partners with Deliveroo for rapid delivery in London Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Steve Farrell

Deliveroo is also taking orders for convenience stores across the country supplied by the Co-op-owned buying group Nisa


PayPoint One retailers to get free ACS membership Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Lyndsey Cambridge

The partnership will provide free ACS membership to thousands of PayPoint One retailers

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Convenience store food-to-go sales set to soar, report says Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Lyndsey Cambridge

The value of the UK food-to-go market is set to be worth £21.2bn in 2019


Convenience shopping 'hits a wall' as discounter visits soar

04 Feb 2019 | By Andrew Don

Shoppercentric’s figures show that in December alone two in three UK shoppers used a discounter

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Central England Co-op to open nine new convenience stores Subscription

31 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

As well as new stores, multimillion pound investment plans for this year include a wide-ranging refurbishment programme


More than 580 Costcutter stores pass standards test Subscription

31 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

An independent auditor confirmed 97% compliance among those stocking Co-op own brand products with eight core standards

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Spar retail sales in the UK increase by 2.1% Subscription

30 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Sales from the 2,613 Spar stores in the UK recorded sales in excess of £2.9bn

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Reverse vending machine trial begins in Scottish c-stores Subscription

30 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Recycling company Viridor will support the pilots by collecting and recycling the empty containers deposited


Link offers 1,000 store owners access to new 'super-premiums' Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Link said the incentive would take effect from April


Grocery franchises & fascias: what do they have to offer and how much do they cost?

25 Jan 2019 | By James Halliwell

We asked 14 of the leading fascias what they had to offer to retailers

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Costcutter hails 'most successful' Xmas social media campaign Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Campaign resulted in a 25% increase in ingredient sales compared with the previous six weeks in participating stores

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Stick or twist: should independent retailers be rethinking their symbol group? Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By James Halliwell

Symbol groups are having to fight harder than ever to keep independent retailers loyal

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Motor Fuel Group to rebrand 110 stores to Londis and Budgens Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

The new deal means Booker will supply the combined MFG and MRH network


Co-op to roll-out franchise model to independents within months Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op is also set to open its first franchise store on a university campus next month

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Dr Oetker set for national launch of Chicago Town pizza to go Subscription

24 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Although the pizza is frozen, the dough is not pre-cooked so rises when the retailer puts it in the oven

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Central England Co-op sees rise in Christmas like-for-likes Subscription

23 Jan 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

Christmas Eve generated its highest turnover day of 2018 

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Brexit: independent retailers more unsure than ever before Subscription

18 Jan 2019 | By Ronan Hegarty

44% of small shop owners said they didn’t know if Brexit will have a positive or negative impact on their business

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Chelmsford Star Co-operative posts sales boost over Christmas Subscription

18 Jan 2019 | By Helen Gilbert

Society boosted by last minute rush for smoked salmon and prosecco

HIM Future of Convenience

Co-op & Nisa forge efficiencies with new commercial document

18 Jan 2019 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op suppliers are now able to sign one commercial agreement that will also cover the Nisa business

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Health and plastic concerns will form key trends for convenience in 2019

18 Jan 2019 | By Ronan Hegarty

Responsible retailing and balancing core ranges with specialisations will also be key trends, according to Him

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McColl's Steve Browne joins Heart of England Co-operative

16 Jan 2019 | By Helen Gilbert

Browne replaces Peter Fletcher, who served in the role for nine years, and will be responsible for strategic growth and da…

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Nisa's Making a Difference Locally raises almost £1m in 2018

09 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Nisa stores raise money through the sale of certain products in store

Hartley's Shop

Hartley's & Mulberrys off-licence owner appoints liquidators Subscription

09 Jan 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its creditor BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions petitioned to have the business wound up in December

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PayPoint retailers app made available on Apple devices Subscription

08 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

The payment services provider originally launched the app for users of Android operating systems

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One Stop hails success of Christmas promotions strategy Subscription

02 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

The group launched its first online game, as well as a Christmas Countdown promotion

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Smiths News agrees Seymour Distribution deal to 2025 Subscription

18 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The deal will see Seymour handle distribution in all Smiths’ territories, worth about £79m in annual revenue

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Southern Co-op sets out five-year sustainable strategy

17 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

Our Plan 2019-2023 sets out the purpose, vision and values of the Southern Co-op, which trades across 11 counties

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Londis launches Christmas campaign offering £500 prize Subscription

11 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

Shoppers who upload their ‘sElfie’ will get a chance to win the £500 pre-paid Visa card

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ACS Crime Survey to take closer look at in-store scams Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

In-store scams could include cash changing, telephone ruses and credit card fraud


ATM business rates dispute set to reopen following VOA appeal Subscription

07 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The retailers involved in the case include Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op, supported by independent cash machine operator Cardtronics Europe

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McColl's says P&H woes are behind it despite profit warning Subscription

07 Dec 2018

The convenience retailer adjusted full-year EBITDA to £35m from the forecasted £44m


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



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