Woolworths plans to stick to a supply agreement with Superdrug for its General Store convenience format, despite piloting a version without a pharmacy offer. A Woolworths spokeswoman said a trial store in Edinburgh, opened in the summer, had "been a great success, with a steep rise in like-for-like sales". But she said Superdrug and Woolworths were keen to keep working together on the licensed c-store, particularly in the light of increased competition brought about by Sainsbury's partnership with Boots. Woolworths plans to open six local stores and General Stores in 2002, and five Big W superstores ­ which also have an instore pharmacy. Superdrug was sold off as a standalone business during last year's protracted demerger of the Woolworths group from parent Kingfisher. Keith Fleming, formerly md of Woolworths, is now md of Woolworths Local stores in a management shake-up following the demerger. Trevor Bish-Jones was appointed group chief executive this week. Woolworths revealed this week its Mainchain stores, including General Stores, had reported like-for-like sales down 3.5% for the nine weeks to January 5. {{NEWS }}