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Iceland's latest new-look store opens in Brixton Subscription

25 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The existing branch was given a £1m refurb including a redesigned fascia and frontage

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Spar International unveils plans for 50 Sri Lanka stores Subscription

13 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Spar International unveils plans for 50 Sri Lanka stores

Aldi UK completes latest stage of Head Office expansion web

Aldi's 'second-stage' £70m HQ extension now complete Subscription

05 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

New facilities at the enlarged Atherstone site in Warwickshire include a ‘state-of-the-art’ development kitchen

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Simply Fresh extends its 'foodvenience' offering Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

A Simply Local store will open in Reading in May, while a Simply Fresh kitchen will launch at its Gosforth site

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'Blueprinting' stores is 'dead', says Sainsbury's Subscription

03 Apr 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Tailoring individual supermarkets to local customers’ grocery needs ‘key to serving customers effectively’

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Morrisons enters 'growth phase' of three-pronged fightback Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Dave Potts said core store growth was combining with growth into wholesale markets, including a deal with McColl’s

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Theresa May gives thumbs-up to shop-to-home conversions Subscription

06 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

The Portas Review of 2011 called on the government to address the restrictive aspects of the ‘Use Class’ system…

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Tesco Oldham site sold for more than £50m

03 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The 149,000 sq ft Extra store in Oldham has been bought and leased back by Rosette Merchant Bank

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Waitrose the second major retailer to cut back its property team Subscription

21 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A restructure will see the merger of the previously separate property functions of Waitrose and its parent company John Lewis


Lidl set to hit 700 UK stores mark with five openings

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Lidl will already have launched 19 new stores in 2018 by the end of this month

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Co-op to spend over £28m on store investment programme in London Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The retailer said it would open a record number of new stores in the capital this year including 30 new food stores

Central England Co-op

Central England Co-op announces new store and revamp plans Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

Society opened eight new food stores and relaunched more than 20 convenience stores last year at a cost of £15m

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United Wholesale eyes new Scottish territory with openings Subscription

31 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

Wholesaler has built vape rooms in each of its three depots

Marks & Spencer Simply Food

M&S to close stores and slow Simply Food opening programme Subscription

31 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

Retailer now only plans to open 36 owned and franchised branches over the next six months

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Planning applications for high street stores continue to fall Subscription

29 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The number of planning applications for new shops and shopping centres in England fell 8% in 2017 to 6,090

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Supermarket property investment returns to strong growth Subscription

29 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Colliers International Supermarket Investment Review shows institutional investment rose from £216m in 2016 to £482m last …

parfetts wholesale

Parfetts hikes new store target in wake of Tesco-Booker deal Subscription

19 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

Parfetts currently operates 350 Go Local stores and aims to take this figure up to 500 by the end of the year

Checkout Superstore

Slough retail entrepreneurs to open superstore next to a Lidl Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

The 20,000 sq ft Checkout Superstore in Farnham Road is the brainchild of the Abdeali family

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Eat 17 plans new openings in Hammersmith and Leytonstone Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

Eat 17’s latest stoe opened in Bishop’s Stortford in November…


Aldi and Lidl outpacing big four in supermarket space race Subscription

10 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

However even the discounters have scaled back on applications

Co-op Convenience Store Horbury

Co-op plans 100 store openings in 2018 after Christmas boost Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The plans were unveiled as CEO Steve Murrells announced a 6.2% jump in like-for-like food sales


Lidl decides smaller is better in the US Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Six months after entering the US with plans to build 100 large-scale stores, the discounter has changed its mind

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Euro Garages gets go-ahead for new Blackburn headquarters Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The three-storey office block and two drive-through restaurants will create about 300 jobs


Pret to open new stores in US and European airports Subscription

15 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

The move is part of a deal with food and drink operator Autogrill

Richard Walker Iceland

Iceland targets 400 Food Warehouse stores Subscription

03 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Iceland plans to open 400 of its The Food Warehouse outlets at a rate of 30 of the new format stores a year…

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Power list 2018: Who is pulling the property strings?

09 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The rise of online, the discounters and multichannel have all rewritten the rules in supermarket property

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The benefits of blending digital and in-store channels

08 Feb 2018

A ‘new breed’ of retailer recognises the benefits of blending digital and in-store channels…

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Supermarket expansion: from thin air Video Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Megan Tatum

By selling ‘empty space’ above stores, grocers can unlock billions, boost sales, and help solve the UK housing shortage

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The ailing high street needs rapid solutions, not a blame game Subscription

29 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A raft of retailers including Debenhams, Mothercare, and Carpetright are among those to issue profit warnings after poor trading

Whole Food Market

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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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

Whole Foods Market

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

stores of the future

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

rowan gormley majestic wine

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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