Mullan's Spar

Mullan's Spar, Armagh, Northern Ireland

22 Mar 2017 Updated: 24 Mar 2017

Inside Stephen and Donna Mullan’s CRA award-winning store in Armagh, Northern Ireland

Costcutter Plymouth

Costcutter, North Prospect, Plymouth

13 Mar 2017

In 2015 Nimal Navaratnarajah invested nearly £130,000 in transforming an empty unit into a modern Costcutter just outside Plymouth city centre.

East 17 Whitstable

Spar Eat 17 Whitstable, Kent

22 Feb 2017 Updated: 24 Feb 2017

Last July Eat 17 opened its third store - the first outside of its East London heartland – in the affluent coastal town of Whitstable.

Ardeer Services

CRA 2017: Best New Store finalists

08 Feb 2017 Updated: 10 Feb 2017

This year saw a record number of entrants in the Best New Store category for the Convenience Retail Awards.

Best one Kilburn

Best-one Kilburn, London

19 Jan 2017

Ahmed ‘Naz’ Nazir is the latest retailer to adopt Best-one’s new premium symbol format with a stronger emphasis on fresh and food to go.

Nisa Fletton

Nisa Fletton, Peterborough

04 Nov 2016

Nisa Fletton started life as a 1,100sq ft c-store with neighbouring post office, before its most recent incarnation saw it transformed into a 3,000sq ft store with deli and post office.

Ashton under Lyne

Family Shopper, Ashton-under-Lyne

06 Oct 2016 Updated: 07 Oct 2016

This year Mos Patel undertook an ambitious refit of his 1,200sq ft Premier store in Ashton-under- Lyne, nearly doubling its size to 2,000sq ft and switching to the Family Shopper fascia.

Spar Hackenthorpe

Supplier in your store: Spar Hackenthorpe

22 Sep 2016 Updated: 23 Sep 2016

Heineken helps Spar retailer Raj Aggarwal to make new product Amstel the centre of attention.

Hednesford

One Stop Hednesford, Staffordshire

30 Aug 2016

National c-store chain One Stop’s company-owned store in Hednesford, Staffordshire, is one of two branches acting as a test bed for a number of new concepts that could conceivably be rolled out to the entire estate.

Londis Yealmpton

Londis Yealmpton, Devon

10 Aug 2016 Updated: 12 Aug 2016

Last summer Jim and Leanne Dixon opened their new 1,200sq ft Londis forecourt store in Yealmpton, Devon, following a massive redevelopment project, which involved seemingly half the village.

Nisa Pinkie

Nisa Pinkie, Musselburgh, Scotland

13 Jul 2016 Updated: 15 Jul 2016

Sitting pretty in the heart of a burgeoning residential estate in the village of Musselburgh, Scotland is Nisa Pinkie.

Londis Sheppey

Max's Londis, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

02 Jun 2016 Updated: 03 Jun 2016

With 25 years of successful trading under its belt, Jatinder Sahota’s family-owned Londis on the Isle of Sheppey looked to the future with a major revamp at the start of 2015.

Warner's Budgens, Winchcombe

Warner's Budgens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

18 May 2016 Updated: 20 May 2016

Just four weeks after opening, basket spend at Guy Warner’s new Budgens (his sixth in the Cotswolds) has already hit an average of £13.

Budgens of Aylsham

Budgens of Aylsham, Norfolk

22 Apr 2016

Budgens of Aylsham was running on empty when local Norfolk company CT Baker Group acquired it from Musgrave in 2013. Since then managing director Michael Baker and manager Shane Woolston have transformed it into a thriving community hub.

McBrides Omagh

McBride's Spar, Omagh

13 Apr 2016

McBride’s Spar of Gortin Road, Omagh, Northern Ireland, picked up no fewer than three category awards at last month’s Convenience Retail Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Best Large Store section.

Costcutter Farnworth

Costcutter Farnworth, Bolton

30 Mar 2016

In 2014 Baz Jethwa financed a £400,000 refit of his Costcutter store in Farnworth, which ultimately won him the Best Independent Store award at CRA 2016.

McLeish

McLeish Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

22 Mar 2016 Updated: 25 Mar 2016

CRA winner McLeish, Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, is at the top of its game. Owner Scott Graham has centred the 1,500sq ft store around an all-encompassing food-to-go offer, which dovetails with a grocery range abundant in fresh and local products.

Simply Fresh Bethnal Green

Simply Fresh, Bethnal Green

11 Mar 2016

Opened three years ago, this 1,600sq ft store in East London’s Bethnal Green was the first Simply Fresh outlet in the capital.

MJ's Go Local Extra

MJ's Go Local Extra Sheffield

26 Feb 2016

During the spring of 2015, husband and wife team Jai and Mandeep Singh bought a neighbouring unit and doubled the size of their Sheffield store to 1,450sq ft.

Premier

St Mary's Supermarket, Southampton

27 Jan 2016 Updated: 29 Jan 2016

Meten Lakhani completed a £170,000 refit in August last year, which saw the store expanded from 1,200sq ft to 2,895sq ft.

Spar Market Harborough

Spar Market Harborough, Leicestershire

13 Jan 2016 Updated: 16 Jan 2016

Raj Aggarwal opened a new ‘artisan’ Spar store and Insomnia coffee shop in the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough last summer.

Spar Princess Street

Spar Princess Street, Manchester

17 Nov 2015

Paul Stone is the only Spar operator in Manchester city centre and earlier this year expanded his company’s presence with a fifth store, in Princess Street.

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