Costcutter is on target to reach 1,000 stores by the end of the year and the milestone store could be anywhere in the UK. Currently there are 960 outlets with weekly turnover averaging £18,000 a store. Costcutter sales and development director David Thompson told The Grocer: "We receive enquiries for membership from all areas, both from existing retailers and from people keen to enter the retail sector. "The big problem for us is the time it takes to process the applications, which includes a vetting procedure to ensure the people and the stores are right for the group." Costcutter's stores, of which 40 are company owned, are situated throughout the UK. Although the majority are in England and Wales, there are 130 in Scotland and 115 in Northern Ireland, so any of the four home countries could unveil the landmark store. {{NEWS }}