CRA 2019

Shortlist announced for 2019 Convenience Retail Awards

The list marks both all-round achievement and success in particular disciplines

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Community shop

Community-owned shop growth falls for first time

21 Jan 2019 | By Gaelle Walker

Community-owned shops are in urgent need of a new support package to halt the sudden fall in the sector’s growth rate.


Small business fears amid potential no-deal Brexit

21 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Confidence among small businesses has plummeted as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit becomes “real and imminent”, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Western Park Store fire

Three men jailed for life for Leicester store explosion

18 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Three men who blew up a Leicester convenience store in an insurance scam plot have been jailed for life.

Nisa Southend Victoria

Food sales up 10% at railway stations, says Network Rail

18 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Passengers’ appetite for convenience drove a 10% year-on-year rise in food sales across the Christmas period at railway stations throughout the UK, according to Network Rail.

Boost January Promotions

Boost offers promos to beat the January blues

21 Jan 2019

Boost Drinks is giving retailers and shoppers the chance to win £250, as well as running promotions across its range.

Oreo Snapchat Promotion

Oreo promotion invites shoppers to snap and win

21 Jan 2019

A new on-pack promo from Oreo and Snapchat is offering consumers the chance to win prizes of up to £1,000.

Livias Dunx Cookies

Livia’s reveals new cookies and pack design

21 Jan 2019

Snack brand Livia’s is repositioning itself with the introduction of Dunx dipping cookies, a new look and name change.

Delifrance Vegan Croissants

Vegan croissants added to Delifrance portfolio

21 Jan 2019

Délifrance is taking advantage of demand from vegans with its new pre-packed spelt flour and quinoa croissants.

Cutting-edge technology Video

Southampton-based retailers Richard Inglis and Steve Bassett discuss how new technology is enabling them to boost footfall and reduce costs at their respective stores.


Is consolidation delivering?

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

From Tesco’s merger with Booker, to the Co-op Group’s acquisition of Nisa, consolidation took place throughout the industry in 2018. Now the new order is settling down, are independent retailers beginning to reap the rewards?  

What's in store

Future in your hands

12 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018

The future political landscape may appear beyond everyone’s control, but c-stores can play a part in defining their fortunes over the coming year and capitalise on demand for convenience. Industry commentators and retailers forecast what’s in store for 2019.

CJ Lang

CJ Lang: A new energy

11 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018 | By David Rees

CJ Lang looks to the future with new energy as the new management team, led by chief executive Colin McLean, has several new initiatives in the pipeline.

Raven's Budgens

Raven's Budgens, Abridge, Essex

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019

Raven’s Budgens in Abridge, Essex, switched to the Booker-owned symbol group last year, but the former Mace store is also the longest-running Shell forecourt site in the country. 

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Pete Cheema

Silver linings

21 Jan 2019 | By Pete Cheema

There are several key indicators which mean that year 2019 could be a profitable one for convenience stores.


State influence

21 Jan 2019 | By James Lowman

There are two areas of consumer behaviour that the government is looking to influence in 2019 and which will have a direct impact on convenience stores: plastic bag use and diet choices.


The year ahead

08 Jan 2019 | By David Rees

At first glance, it seems like as an industry we will have more challenges than opportunities to deal with in the coming year but, then again, that has probably always been the case.

C-Store 2018 Combo Covers

Rolling with the punches

13 Dec 2018

Our C-Store Champions have seen their share of challenges in 2018, but their tenacity and ability to adapt have kept them on track.

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