All Off-licences articles – Page 5

  • News

    Oddbins speeds up clear-out after supplier collapse


    Oddbins is facing a shortage of wine after the collapse of a supplier in France.

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    Oddbins gets bailed out for a second time


    The chain has been purchased by the son of its former boss. So does he have what it takes? By Andrew Catchpole

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    “If the new owners manage to put the sparkle back into Oddbins, I for one will be raising a glass”


    I’ve always had a soft spot for Oddbins. Ever since I worked there as a student in its Wimbledon store, I’ve remained strangely, perversely loyal to the maverick retailer, even as I’ve watched the heart and soul, great staff, and most of the decent...

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    Oddbins splits its shoppers in four


    Oddbins is restructuring its operations into three specialist retail divisions - high-street, large retail units and suburban - in a bid to return the former darling of the independent wine trade to profit.After a year in which 40 stores...

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    Gadsby exit: one crisis too many for Oddbins?


    Oddbins is growing accustomed to controversy, high-profile departures and predictions of its demise but the resignation of sales director Andy Gadsby has brought together all three at once. Gadsby, the loyal squadron leader with a...

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    Struggling Oddbins urged to 'invest and not just cut back'


    Former Oddbins sales director Andy Gadsby has warned that the off-licence chain needs to reverse its policy of costcutting and must invest in its stores if its ailing fortunes are to be transformed. Gadsby's recent resignation after 14...

  • Profiles and QandAs

    Gadsby's exit worsens Oddbins staff morale


    Oddbins sales director Andy Gadsby has left the beleaguered high street off-licence chain after 14 years with the company. Gadsby had been charged with implementing the controversial strategy of switching selected Oddbins stores to the...

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    Select & Save drive targets Bargain Booze


    Symbol group Select & Save is taking on Bargain Booze with a new marketing campaign claiming to beat the off-licence chain on price. The convenience store operator has added the strap­line 'Better bargains than Bargain Booze' to its consumer...

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    Bargain Booze's convenience store offer gets off the blocks


    Off-licence operator Bargain Booze has unveiled the new fascia for its foray into the convenience store sector.It hopes to turn the new franchise venture, to be called Bargain Booze Select Convenience, into a 40-store business by the end...

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    Bargain Booze set to launch c-store format


    Private equity-owned off-licence chain Bargain Booze is poised to take on Spar, Costcutter and Londis with a new c-store format.The chain has been developing the offer for the past 12 months and is set to unveil it in the...

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    New Oddbins MD named


    Jacques Duley, managing director of Oddbins, the off-licence chain owned by French group Castel, is stepping down from his role.Duley, who has been joint managing director of Oddbins and French chain Nicolas for two-and-a-half...

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    Oddbins head buyer to leave company


    Lynne Coyle, head buyer at Oddbins, is leaving the company at the end of the month.Coyle joined Oddbins 18 years ago, working for Oddbins stores in Edinburgh before becoming area sales manager for the Thames Valley.She then joined the...

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    Bargain Booze chain up for sale


    Bargain Booze has been put up for sale by its owners, venture capital group Electra Partners and its BWG Group retail and wholesale business.Rothschild bank in Manchester has been appointed to manage the sale. Commenting on the sales...

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    Oddbins: is it in crisis or on a roll?


    There is speculation about Castel’s management style given the turmoil says Julian HuntWhat’s going on at Oddbins? Or should that be: what’s going wrong? An odd question, given that the drinks specialist should be celebrating after...

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    Stanley rises to joint MD of Bargain Booze


    Off-licence chain Bargain Booze has promoted Tim Stanley to joint managing director alongside Matthew Hughes.Stanley moves from his post as buying director which he assumed in November (The Grocer, November 8, p15) when Hughes became MD....

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    Bargain Booze seeks third depot to keep pace with growth


    Off licence chain Bargain Booze plans to open a third depot towards the end of next year as its rapid expansion continues.MD Matthew Hughes said the company’s new logistics director Peter Dokerty had been charged with finding a suitable...

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    Oddbins pops its cork for Wine Merchant of the Year


    Oddbins has been given a break from contemplating its uncertain future after being named Best Wine Merchant of the Year. The accolade was handed to the retailer by the judges of the International Wine Challenge and comes against a background of...

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    Bargain Booze: New CTN fascia to launch


    A new CTN fascia called Thoroughgoods, from Cheshire based Bargain Booze, is due to launch in Stoke-on-Trent this month. Thoroughgoods stores will offer a mix of news, convenience and discount alcohol lines geared towards small basket size....