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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

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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…


Discounters driving growth at out-of-town shopping centres Subscription

11 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

New research by Savills shows a boom in the location of discounters and other value stores at out-of-town locations….

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MRH buys Dorset-based Peregrine Retail's five forecourts Subscription

28 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The petrol station operator acquires the sites in Kingsclere, Wellington, Blackhorse, Windmill and Bridgwater

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Blakemore opens eighth Bmorelocal store in Yorkshire Subscription

19 Sep 2017 | By Emily Bright

The store in Rotherham includes features such as food to go services and post office facilities

Budgens at Shell

Shell agrees Budgens c-store expansion at filling stations Subscription

05 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

A further 20 ‘Budgens at Shell’ sites will be rolled out across the country from September

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M&S in talks to sell off stores in Hong Kong and Macau Subscription

31 Aug 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Retailer first entered Hong Kong in 1998 and has since built up 27 stores in the area

Little Fresh

Simply Fresh enters 'foodvenience' with Little Fresh fascia Subscription

25 Aug 2017 | By Emily Bright

There are three stores open so far and the group plans to roll out at least a further seven

New Nisa store Hull

Derelict butcher's shop in Hull transformed into Nisa store Subscription

23 Aug 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The 2,000 sq ft site on The Quadrant is located in the middle of a housing estate

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Euro Garages applies to build on former Glasgow church site Subscription

18 Aug 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The proposed 24-hour filling station also includes parking for 55 vehicles…

Tesco Extra

Tesco Extra store in Bristol snapped up for £28.5m by supermarket investment firm Subscription

18 Aug 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Property investment firm Supermarket Income REIT, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in July, has purchased the freehold of a Tesco Extra store in Bristol for £28.5m.

Aldi Whitstable

Discounters 'increasingly likely' to anchor out of town sites Subscription

06 Aug 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Savills found a 78% rise in out of town centres anchored by discounters in last six years


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

Spar Europe

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

Tesco Extra Slough

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…

Sainsburys planning

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.

Darcy Willson-Rymer

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

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema

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

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

mccoll's store

'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

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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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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