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  • Lloyds Pharmacy to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacies for £125m

    Lloyds Pharmacy to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacies for £125m

    Owner of Lloyds Pharmacy, Celesio, has announced that it is to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m. Under the terms of the deal, Lloyds Pharmacy will acquire 281 pharmacies in total, including 277 in-store pharmacies and four located in hospitals, all of which will be rebranded as Lloyds Pharmacy. Sainsbury’s will receive commercial annual rent payments from [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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  • Blakemore Fine Foods launches online ordering system

    Blakemore Fine Foods launches online ordering system

    Blakemore Fine Foods has announced the launch of a new online ordering system to simplify and improve its service to customers. The company said the new site lets customers view and order from the entire Blakemore Fine Foods ‘Best of British’ food and drink range, with more than 3,500 product lines. Blakemore Fine Foods commercial director Caoire Blakemore [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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  • GroceryAid spends record £4m on welfare support

    GroceryAid spends record £4m on welfare support

    GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry, has announced a record-breaking £4,549,787 fundraising total for 2014/15. The charity said that during the past twelve months it has helped more than 4,450 people through its helpline and spent a record £3,957,787 on welfare support. Financial assistance can include an annual grant, emergency payments to assist during a difficult [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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  • Retail Industry Awards 2015: Shortlist revealed

    Retail Industry Awards 2015: Shortlist revealed

    The shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Retail Industry Awards. Now entering their 20th year, the Retail Industry Awards have become firmly established as the ‘Oscars’ of the grocery industry, rewarding excellence across a variety of different categories. The shortlist for 2015 is as follows: Independent Newsagent of the Year supported by News UK Shortlist to be finalised Most [...]

    📅July 28, 2015

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  • Sainsbury’s edges ahead of Asda as Co-op returns to growth – Kantar

    Sainsbury’s edges ahead of Asda as Co-op returns to growth – Kantar

    According to latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Sainsbury’s has edged its market share ahead of Asda in the 12 weeks to 19 July, retaking its position as the second largest supermarket. Sainsbury’s market share now stands at 16.5% despite a 0.3% fall in sales, while Asda's share fell to 16.4%. The Co-operative sales increased by [...]

    📅July 28, 2015

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  • Hunnyhill Stores to expand Isle of Wight retail franchise

    Hunnyhill Stores to expand Isle of Wight retail franchise

    Isle of Wight-based Hunnyhill Stores Group is set to expand its retail operation after securing £1m in funding from Santander. Established 15 years ago, the family business operates the island’s largest Spar-branded convenience store franchise, with 14 sites and more than 120 employees. It said the new funding package will enable Hunnyhill Stores Group to open [...]

    📅July 28, 2015

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  • ACS publishes retailer guide for customers with disabilities

    ACS publishes retailer guide for customers with disabilities

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published new guidance for retailers to help them meet the needs of disabled customers in store. Developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, ACS said the guide covers a range of issues including wheelchair access, how to assist blind or visually impaired customers and how to assist those [...]

    📅July 28, 2015

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  • Waitrose to begin deliveries to island of Alderney

    Waitrose to begin deliveries to island of Alderney

    Waitrose has announced that following the success of its regular grocery deliveries to the island of Sark, another one of the Channel Islands will also now receive deliveries from the retailer. Waitrose said the island of Alderney (population just under 2,000) will receive deliveries of more than 2,600 own label and branded chilled, frozen and store [...]

    📅July 27, 2015

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  • Consumer confidence continues to rise – Nielsen

    Consumer confidence continues to rise – Nielsen

    According to latest figures from Nielsen, consumer confidence in the UK increased for the sixth quarter in a row, rising above the global average for the first time in more than nine years. The UK Consumer Confidence Index rose from 97 (Q1 2015) to 99 (Q2 2015), whilst the global level dropped from 97 to 96. The [...]

    📅July 27, 2015

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  • ACS calls for universal carrier bag charge

    ACS calls for universal carrier bag charge

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to include small businesses in the upcoming carrier bag charge, following latest figures from WRAP which showed that single-use carrier bag usage in England rose by 200m in the last year. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "We think charging is most effective and fairer [...]

    📅July 27, 2015

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