T&S Stores continues to look for further acquisitions as it attempts to build on its seventh consecutive year of double digit growth. The group, which operates 890 c-stores, most of them under the One Stop banner, is on track to open its 1,000th convenience outlet by the end of next year. Chairman Kevin Threlfall would not comment on who was top of his shopping list, saying only that he was interested in acquiring small regional groups. "We are always looking to grow both organically and through acqusitions," he said. And he pointed out that the company's distribution centre in Blackburn ­ bought as part of its takeover of Day & Nite ­ had the capacity to service an extra 200 stores in the region. Threlfall did not rule out a move north of the border, but said it would only be possible through the acquisition of a larger chain with adequate distribution facilities. But he made it clear T&S was not interested in opening stores in London, because of the high cost of retail space and the logistical nightmares associated with the capital. He would not be drawn on a possible deal for Alldays, although analysts think T&S would be interested in cherrypicking stores should its debt laden rival go under. Pretax profits were up 17% to £14.1m on sales up 23% to £428.6m in the first half. Despite flat summer sales, like for likes in the c-stores business were up 4%. {{NEWS }}