Over the past couple of days the hallowed halls of Grocer Towers have been quieter than usual, with a handful of our newshounds – and colleagues from our sister title, Convenience Store – making their presence felt at the National Convenience Show.
Today’s big story for independents is the news that Camelot has been thwarted in its bid to offer commercial services via its lottery terminals.
Thwarted for now, anyway. Certainly Camelot – as befits a company named after the indomitable Knights of the Round Table – is refusing to give up the fight.
The company is “considering its options” – a stance that will have the pound signs ringing in the eyes of its lawyers. With the National Lottery Commission citing concerns over European law for its decision, you’d imagine Camelot may look next to Brussels.
The company is not short of a bob or two – and Camelot said it regards its debut in commercial services as only a matter of time.
We’ll see whether its own version of the Holy Grail proves less elusive than the oft quested-for cup of Arthurian legend. But then, if you don’t buy a ticket, you won’t win the lottery.
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