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Coronavirus: Lockdown sends Jonathan James on a rollercoaster of highs and lows

The owner of James Convenience Retail explains how some of his 54 stores are thriving, while others have had to close, and makes predictions on how coronavirus will shape the future of the sector

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Coronavirus: C-Store Champion Julian Taylor-Green’s new store has a baptism of fire

Having opened a second store just six weeks before the UK went into lockdown, Julian and his team went into overdrive to ensure the business remained operational

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Coronavirus video: C-Store Champion Richard Inglis is in survival mode

Parkview Retail director Richard Inglis tells C-Store how slow trading has forced him to make considerable cutbacks and close one of his city-based stores in order to stay afloat

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Coronavirus: Harris Aslam assesses the impact

The owner of Eros retail, which comprises eight convenience stores in Scotland, discusses the impact coronavirus has had on customers and staff

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Next Generation Retail

Spar Holmer Green’s Jason Sichel (pictured right) discusses the changes he is making since taking over the store from father Peter (pictured left)

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Investment plans for 2020

Four C-Store Champions discuss their investment plans for 2020 - including food to go, staff training, delivery solutions and new stores. 

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Costcutter Chislehurst, Kent

Anil Patel recently reopened his Costcutter store following a transformative three-month refit. He talks to C-Store about the impact the flagship store has had on sales. 

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David’s Kitchen, Kirkcaldy

Scottish c-store retailer David’s Kitchen recently opened a third site, in Kirkcaldy. Managing director Keith Fernie takes C-Store on a tour.

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Co-op On the Go, America Square, London

The Co-op Group is trialling a new On the Go format in London, as it increasingly competes with food to go outlets in urban areas.

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Cofresh extends snacking offer with Street Food range

Convenience Store senior reporter Ieuan Hughes looks at two new products from Indian snacking brand Cofresh.

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Ferrero supports convenience retailers during Diwali

Convenience Store’s Sarah Britton explains how Ferrero is supporting small stores this Diwali.

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Sugar confectionery: Making life a little sweeter

Sharing formats and pricemarked packs remain key drivers as consumers get their sugar fix during lockdown

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Premier Foods gets summer ready with new launches

Convenience Store senior reporter Ieuan Hughes looks at three new products from Premier Foods’ Mr Kipling and Loyd Grossman brands.

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Mondelēz releases sleighful of Cadbury NPD for Christmas

Convenience Store features editor Sarah Britton looks inside Cadbury UK’s Santa sack.

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Costcutter Cockshut Hill, Sheldon

Rekha Godhania discusses the success of her Costcutter store, which was one of the symbol group’s first Shopper First concept sites when it opened in 2017.

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For Earth’s Sake, Cranleigh, Surrey

Vanessa Ford-Robbins discusses her new zero waste store in Cranleigh. 

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Convenience Retail Awards 2019

The best in UK convenience retailing was celebrated in style at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 14 March. Watch some of the highlights here.

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Local sourcing in Hull

Wharfedale Premier owner Sam Coldbeck explains the importance of sourcing local produce in an inner city store.

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Cutting-edge technology

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.

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Thornton’s Budgens, Belsize Park

Owner Andrew Thornton discusses his vision to eliminate plastic packaging in store, and urges the backing of manufacturers and retailers.

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On the agenda: The environment

C-Store editor David Rees introduces a short film on the plastic reduction agenda, featuring Defra, the ACS, Zero Waste Scotland and leading retailers.

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Spar Market, Pwllheli, Wales

Conrad Davies’ Pwllheli store was the first in the country to convert to the Spar Market format. One year on from the major revamp, he discusses the impact of the new-look store on margins and sales.  

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Nisa Motherwell Road, Bellshill

Retailer Daniall Nadeem discusses his new Nisa store in Bellshill, Scotland, which opened on 6 July on the site of a former pub. 

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Battersea General Store, London

Raj Bathia, owner of Battersea General Store in the regenerated Battersea Power Station, discusses the 6,500sq ft store’s early success.

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