Armed forces retailer Naafi has insisted there will be "no wholesale closure" of its British stores, after reports that it plans to pull the plug on its British operations. While Naafi's leisure clubs and other foodservice related activities have struggled over the past few years, the retail operation has undergone something of a renaissance following the tie-up with Spar, said Naafi operations director Mike Sheriff. Store standards are mixed, with weekly takings ranging from £1,500 to £50,000, said Sheriff, "but GB retail has had a tremendous year." Spar MD Jerry Marwood said retail sales at Naafi outlets supplied by Spar were up 8% year-on-year. "Naafi is in discussions with the MoD about its plans," said Marwood. "But from our point of view, it's been an excellent year." While Naafi GB has moved back into the black this year after years in the red, a recent review concluded the British operation was up against far greater competition than the international division (which includes Northern Ireland). "[Naafi GB] is not used to the same degree as overseas, where it is the primary provider of [retail and leisure] facilities to the forces," said a Naafi statement. l See p16 {{NEWS }}