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Gist buys 80,000 sq ft distribution centre near Motherwell Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Benedict Cooper

Move is part of a drive to step up its temperature-controlled food logistics operations…

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Supermarket real estate transactions on the up, data reveals Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Benedict Cooper

Real estate transaction volumes in the supermarket sector increased by 20% in the first half of 2017


Waitrose hit by £41.5m property writedown cost Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The retailer focused on improving its existing estate rather than aggressive expansion in the past year

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Spar readies major push into Cyprus following Ermes deal Subscription

11 Jul 2017 | By Benedict Cooper

Spar Cyprus will look to roll out about 20 stores over five years…


Lidl to hit top gear with its new store opening schedule

08 Jul 2017 | By James Halliwell

Lidl has revealed ambitious plans to open at least one new Lidl store every week for the next five to 10 years

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Out-of-town grocery space race not over yet Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Ian Quinn

A real estate firm has found more than 3.3 million sq ft of available and viable space in the UK


Moto plans new service station on M3 near Basingstoke Video

03 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

If proposals go ahead, development will create 215 jobs


Bidfood Scotland opens hospitality hub for NPD Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The new building in Larbert will work with Scottish food and drink suppliers as a dedicated “centre of excellence”

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Euro Garages forks out £595,995 to buy Spaghetti Junction pub

19 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Plans to redevelop The Armada on Powick Road, opposite Spaghetti Junction, into a filling station and retail unit…

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LDC declares the end of the “space race” as big four store numbers decline Subscription

15 Jun 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The Local Data Company has claimed “the great space race is over” as big four store numbers fell last year amidst rising inflation and Brexit uncertainty.

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Costcutter to use Shopper First refurbs as incentive Subscription

08 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The symbol group has piloted its ‘Shopper First’ programme in seven stores since October

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Scottish Grocers Federation adds c-store 'planning portal' Subscription

05 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Retailers can access information on planning applications and local development plans

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Spar set to grow in south east China with Jinfang deal Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Jinfang will convert 32 of its existing stores to the Spar brand in the coming months


Aldi: 'massive opportunity' to quadruple store numbers Subscription

11 May 2017 | By James Halliwell

Aldi believes it could almost quadruple its UK store estate to 2,600 stores

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Applegreen unveils plans for North Yorkshire service station Subscription

11 May 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Up to 300 jobs could be created, as well as 200 short-term construction roles, the Irish forecourt retailer said

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Seagold seals deal to buy Seachill factory in Grimsby Subscription

11 May 2017 | By Kevin White

Seagold’s Iceland-based owner Samherji promised to restart production and create new jobs

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Tesco set to open more stores in Thailand and Malaysia

11 May 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Thai estate is due to expand to 2,000 stores by the end of the year


Aldi to anchor Bradford discount retail park Subscription

05 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Listed real estate investment trust LXi REIT has agreed to fund £10m for the development of a new discount retail park in Bradford to be anchored by a 20,000 sq ft Aldi store, with Home Bargains owner TJ Morris also agreeing pre-let of 16,000 sq ft unit.

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New Spar offers health consultations Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Spar has opened its first Spar Natural “lifestyle” store in Gran Canaria

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Amazon to dedicate Cambridge tech office to drone development

04 May 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Castle Hill centre will concentrate on developing Prime Air, while other teams will move to a new 60,000 sq ft development

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Euro Garages strikes £75,000 deal for Gloucester forecourt Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The forecourt operator, whose partner brands include Starbucks and Greggs, has rebranded and reopened the filling station

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Appleby Westward buys four stores in Portsmouth and Southsea Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Follows acquisition of 63-strong Gilletts Callington chain last year

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Community Shop opens store at Centre4 in Grimsby

28 Apr 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

The Grimsby store is the first Community Shop to be co-located in a bigger community space

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Amazon set to recruit 1,200 workers for Warrington site Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Warrington is one of four new fulfilment centres that Amazon will open in 2017

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Sushi specialist Yo! to launch pop-up shop at Boxpark Croydon

25 Apr 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

New menu takes inspiration from Japanese pubs and includes specialties such as Chicken Katsu Sando

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What the Whole Foods tie-up will mean for Amazon Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Amazon’s food armoury had lacked crucial weapons. Not any more

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'Convenience is a good place to be' says sized up McColl's Subscription

22 Jul 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The £117m deal for 298 Co-op stores will fuel McColl’s continued transition from CTN to convenience retailer


Netto: why Sainsbury's and Dansk pulled the plug on joint venture Subscription

07 Jul 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Four reasons why the plug was pulled on Sainsbury’s Netto joint venture with Dansk

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Grocery Retail Structure 2016

20 May 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

With Musgrave and Morrisons pulling out, convenience is in the spotlight, while the big four have all but stopped growing

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Co-op's renewal beckons as rebuild shapes up nicely Subscription

15 Apr 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

A major brand relaunch, a fundamental reset of membership proposition and a subtle change in positioning in the pipeline

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Will Whole Foods Market 2.0 be a world of tattoos & tastings? Subscription

17 Mar 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Store sales are down at ‘America’s healthiest grocery store’. Will a smaller, more budget-friendly format put them back on the right track?

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Waitrose's Bagshot store is part of the Surrey scenery Subscription

26 Feb 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Waitrose’s Bagshot branch actually blends into the landscape. But that’s not all that’s special about the store

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How the store of the future is sweating existing space Subscription

26 Feb 2016 | By Megan Tatum

It’s no longer just about gleaming new builds but making the most of existing space

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Flexibility and footfall key to the Jedi revolution at Majestic Subscription

20 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

With Majestic’s mature stores growing, Rowan Gormley believes he can sweat a successful strategy out of his existing estate

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How Morrisons tie-up with MFG could shake up forecourt sector Subscription

06 Nov 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The move has been described as “massive” by one of MFG’s forecourt rivals

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How to future-proof new store acquisitions Subscription

18 Sep 2015

With Mike Greene buying 140 M Local stores, it seems retail acquisition is top of mind for many in grocery

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Van man Mike Greene itching to get My Local on the road Subscription

18 Sep 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The entrepreneur is confident simple changes to layout and ranging can work wonders for the stores whatever the locations

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