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Eight years from launch, Boxpark’s brand new site at Wembley shows how its concept has evolved

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Poundland gifts Mini Coopers to top store managers Video Subscription

14 Feb 2019 | By Steve Farrell

Williams turned up at the stores on the premise of filming a documentary pilot before handing car keys to the stunned managers


Restaurant food waste improvements shown to hike profits

13 Feb 2019 | By Ian Quinn

Champions 12.3 study reveals a ‘compelling business case’ for restaurants to reduce food waste

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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


Radio 4 puts a human face to the stats in High Street Blues

12 Feb 2019 | By Megan Tatum

A good chunk of The Untold – High Street Blues was heartbreaking stuff

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Selfridges installs face-scanning chocolate 3D model pop-up Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

The chocolate lollipops are offered in Smooth Milk, Creamy White or Vegan Dark Belgian chocolate

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Crussh extends vegan trial at Soho store Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

The food and juice bar chain is continuing the trial beyond Veganuary due to positive customer feedback 

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Leon vegan sales jump to 55% Subscription

11 Feb 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

Vegan dish sales were up from 34% to 55% of total sales

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Pret a Manger to offer house and employment to the homeless Subscription

08 Feb 2019 | By Lyndsey Cambridge

Pret chief executive Clive Schlee said the project had been a five-year project in the making

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City snapshot: High street suffers worst January since 2013 Subscription

08 Feb 2019 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK retail industry suffered its worst start to the year since 2013, according to the monthly BDO High Street sales tracker. Plus, Brexit preparations and turnaround costs drive Kellogg’s to fourth quarter loss and Cranswick and Ocado shares plunge


From collapse to collapse: can Oddbins be saved a second time? Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The off-licence chain’s turnaround was trashed by tax woes, changing shopper tastes, Brexit and steep competition. We ask whether Oddbins has a future? 

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Leon launches year-round vegan campaign Subscription

05 Feb 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

Plants Aren’t Just for Veganuary is centred on urging customers to share their love of plants on social media

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MPs kick off new inquiry into business rates fairness Subscription

01 Feb 2019 | By Ian Quinn

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to introduce £900m of business rates relief to help smaller retailers

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Pret to introduce full ingredient labelling at all UK stores Subscription

01 Feb 2019 | By Carina Perkins

The sandwich chain has been piloting full ingredient labelling at a shop in Victoria, London since November

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Holland & Barrett plans changes in 'digital transformation' Subscription

31 Jan 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

It will appoint additional team members with digitally focused responsibilities to support this shift 

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Environmental actions 'major influencer' of coffee shop trips, says YouGov poll Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Don

Survey found that 49% would be more likely to visit coffee shop chains that introduced policies such as latte levies

Chris Edwards

First seven locations of Poundworld founder Chris Edwards' new chain revealed Subscription

24 Jan 2019 | By Steve Farrell

The first branches will be in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Glasgow, Irvine and London

Selfridges vegan honey

Selfridges ramps up vegan offering at its Foodhall Subscription

22 Jan 2019 | By Marianne Calnan

The products include the UK’s first vegan ‘honey’, in fennel, orange blossom and lavender varieties

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Pret unveils high-protein salmon and salad options Subscription

16 Jan 2019 | By Helen Gilbert

The new options include a chicken salad and Smoked Salmon Protein Box

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Biff's Jack Shack to partner with Eat 17's Walthamstow store Subscription

15 Jan 2019 | By Helen Gilbert

Founder Biff Burrows believes ‘Walthamstow is going to be the new hot spot for plant-based eating’

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John Lewis breaks into posh rum with nine-strong range Subscription

15 Jan 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The range was curated for John Lewis by The Great British Exchange and includes a number of British brands



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