1997: Co-founders of Nisa-Today's Dudley Ramsden and Peter Garvin call for an alliance with Landmark buying group

1998: Attempts to unite the two crumble

2002: Proposals to unite Nisa-Today's and Landmark are raised again, but again fail

2003: Rodney Hunt, Today's Group MD, proposes merger with Landmark

2004: Nisa-Today's proposes merger with Londis; it never materialises. Londis is bought by Musgrave

2004-2005: Nisa-Today's loses many retail members, including Jacksons and Bells Stores

2005: The Co-operative Group reveals that it had planned to acquire Nisa-Today's in 2004

2006: Nisa-Today's announces proposal to merge with Costcutter. After internal opposition, the deal fails five months later