Last July Eat 17 opened its third store - the first outside of its East London heartland – in the affluent coastal town of Whitstable.
This year saw a record number of entrants in the Best New Store category for the Convenience Retail Awards.
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 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.
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.
Heineken helps Spar retailer Raj Aggarwal to make new product Amstel the centre of attention.
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.
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.
Sitting pretty in the heart of a burgeoning residential estate in the village of Musselburgh, Scotland is Nisa Pinkie.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Opened three years ago, this 1,600sq ft store in East London’s Bethnal Green was the first Simply Fresh outlet in the capital.
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.
Meten Lakhani completed a £170,000 refit in August last year, which saw the store expanded from 1,200sq ft to 2,895sq ft.
Raj Aggarwal opened a new ‘artisan’ Spar store and Insomnia coffee shop in the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough last summer.
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.
Multi-award winning store Malcolm’s in Tile Hill, Coventry, has been extensively remodelled as part of a new identity in partnership with Nisa.
Brothers Peter, Jeeta and Raj Bhadal have rebuilt a former Methodist church and reopened it as a One Stop franchise store.