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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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Japanese food centre set for September opening in London Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

A demo kitchen will offer live demonstrations and a traditional yatai will be situated at the entrance

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Central Convenience Stores buys Combe Martin filling station Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The acquisition takes the number of sites it owns in the UK to 116

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M&S unveils plans to open 36 new stores and close six Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The majority of the new outlets will be food-only stores

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Blakemore acquires five stores from County Stores administrators Subscription

19 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

County Stores Holdings fell into administration on 6 April due to “difficult trading conditions”

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Midcounties Co-op opens 'eco-friendly' Upper Rissington store Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The store features LED lighting and energy-efficient refrigerators to reduce emissions

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First look: Waitrose Haywards Heath Subscription

04 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The latest addition to the Waitrose estate hosts a number of the retailer’s new concepts, including an open kitchen and wine bar

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Lidl creates 400 jobs at new multimillion pound RDC in Wednesbury Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The 435,938 sq ft centre becomes its largest warehouse in the UK – the equivalent of 10 football pitches

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Euro Garages plans Starbucks drive-through at former dentist Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The application comes days after Euro Garages opened a new service station in Buckshaw Village, Chorley

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Pub conversion planning application loophole to be closed Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Developers will be required to submit a planning application if they plan to convert or demolish a pub

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Property value of major supermarkets down £6.5bn in two years Subscription

20 Mar 2017 Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Research by Saving Stream showed the property estates of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda amounted to £37.8bn in 2016

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Welcome Break opens temporary building at Fleet Services Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The rear of the building was destroyed when a blaze erupted in a restaurant at the southbound site on the M3 in December

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Euro Garages opens KFC drive-through at Mill Farm development Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Forecourt operator plans to open 30 more across the UK by 2020

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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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Is Waitrose getting its store formats right? Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Waitrose MD Mark Price hit the headlines this week following a newspaper interview in which he suggested some of his rival…

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