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  • First re-branded One Stop Franchise opens in Scotland

    First re-branded One Stop Franchise opens in Scotland

    Tesco-owned convenience chain One Stop has announced that its first ever fully refitted One Stop Franchise in Scotland has now opened, located in the centre of Glasgow. One Stop said the 1,700sq ft store features chilled, frozen and ambient ranges, off-licence and brand new food to go concept. Situated on George Street in the heartland of Strathclyde [...]

    📅September 4, 2015

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  • Independent retailers find ‘new’ ways to sell tobacco

    Independent retailers find ‘new’ ways to sell tobacco

    Leading independent retailers are exploring new and innovative ways of selling tobacco products following the imposition of the display ban in the spring. Roli Ranger has installed a bespoke gantry, rather than using one from a supplier, at his new Londis store in Sunninghill, Berkshire. The metre-high unit is behind the counter at floor level with [...]

    📅September 4, 2015

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  • Trade urged to cash in on rugby

    Trade urged to cash in on rugby

    Many independent retailers remain unaware of the sales opportunities that could be engendered by the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in England and Wales and kicks off on 18 September. Almost 50 games will be held over the six-week tournament in the run-up to the final on 31 October and all the matches are [...]

    📅September 4, 2015

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  • Amazon parcels blow for independents

    Amazon parcels blow for independents

    Amazon has delivered a “big blow” to the independent convenience trade by dropping the Collect+ click-and-collect service operated by 5,800 c-stores across the country. The internet-based retailer is said to have carried out an internal review of its operations and now no longer offers the Collect+ option that allowed its customers to pick up parcels from [...]

    📅September 4, 2015

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  • Total sales down at Booker as tobacco sales fall

    Total sales down at Booker as tobacco sales fall

    Food wholesaler Booker Group has reported a 0.5% rise in non-tobacco like-for-like sales in the 10 weeks to 28 August. The company said tobacco sales had suffered as a result of the tobacco display ban in smaller stores. Total sales in the period were down 2%, with tobacco sales down 6.5% and non-tobacco up 0.1%. Its September [...]

    📅September 3, 2015

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  • Co-operative Group profit rises

    Co-operative Group profit rises

    The Co-operative Group has reported half year pre-tax profits of £36m in the 26 weeks to 4 July. The figure marks a turnaround, with the retailer reporting a £9m loss the previous year. The Co-operative's overall Food business saw a 0.8% increase in like-for-like sales, with its core Food convenience business up 3.3%. It opened 35 new [...]

    📅September 3, 2015

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  • CMA clears Booker Group’s acquisition of Londis and Budgens

    CMA clears Booker Group’s acquisition of Londis and Budgens

    The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the proposed acquisition by Booker Group of Musgrave Retail Partners in a deal worth £40m. The sale, involving 1,630 convenience stores under the Londis symbol chain and 167 Budgens stores, is expected to occur on or before 14 September 2015. Welcoming the announcement, Booker Group said the increased scale [...]

    📅September 3, 2015

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  • Spar launches new TV campaign

    Spar launches new TV campaign

    Spar is back on TV with a £3.5m media campaign focusing on eight headline own-label products – including wines, ice-cream and pulled pork. The 30-second ads will air on Channel 4 this month and during November and January around top programmes such as Gogglebox and Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Ten-second sponsorship ‘idents’ are also running around [...]

    📅September 3, 2015

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  • MBNA survey reveals half of consumers think cash could be on the way out

    MBNA survey reveals half of consumers think cash could be on the way out

    According to a One Poll survey commissioned by UK-based consumer credit business MBNA, over half of the respondents believe that cash could become a thing of the past. The survey found that 60% of those who use contactless payments think it is easier than cash, and one-third have days when they don’t carry cash at all. MBNA [...]

    📅September 2, 2015

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  • Poundland unveils online store

    Poundland unveils online store

    Discount retailer Poundland is trialling a new delivery service on its website, with more than 2,000 products now available for online orders. Products include branded and own-brand items, across Poundland's range of food and drink, homeware, toys and stationery. Delivery costs £4 per order, waived for customers spending over £50, while deliveries take five working days. The [...]

    📅September 2, 2015

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