Which way for rates appeals?

12 Jul 2017 Updated: 14 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Business rates can be confusing and a new appeal system has done little to help the situation. C-Store examines the new regime.

Food service

Foodservice brands: On the menu

11 Jul 2017 Updated: 14 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The likes of Subway have led the way in terms of foodservice partnerships with c-stores. However, with the food-to-go market intensifying, retailers are also looking to emerging brands to provide them with a fresh point of difference. C-Store looks at what’s on offer.

Sales assistant of the year 2017

Sales Assistant of the Year 2017: Calling all the heroes

28 Jun 2017 Updated: 30 Jun 2017 | By Nikki Cutler

Convenience Store is on the hunt for our next champion sales assistant, and they could be among your team. They could follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Tracie Horner and put your store in the spotlight.


Grow your ethical sales

14 Jun 2017 Updated: 16 Jun 2017

Consumers’ appetite for ethical products is increasing. Here’s how you can take the moral high ground and give your store the edge.

Robert Byford

Meat and greet

13 Jun 2017 Updated: 16 Jun 2017 | By Simon Banks

Shoppers are willing to pay more for quality food and in store experience, making a butchery counter a real asset. Retailers reveal how the service can add up to a bigger basket spend.

Great New Idea

NCS 2017 review

17 May 2017 Updated: 19 May 2017 | By C-Store team

Inspiring speakers, on-trend exhibitors and the latest innovation in products – last month’s National Convenience Show had it all

Easter egg hunt

Everyone's a winner

17 May 2017 Updated: 19 May 2017 | By Nikki Cutler

Want to make your store the talk of the town with little outlay? Running competitions either in-store or online could well be the answer


Understanding the sugar levy

02 May 2017 Updated: 05 May 2017 | By Nikki Cutler

C-Store welcomed forward-thinking retailers and Britvic’s senior colleagues to explain the imminent soft drinks industry levy.


Put community at your heart

19 Apr 2017 Updated: 21 Apr 2017 | By Gill Davies

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the biggest killers in the UK, but local shops can help improve survival rates by installing a defibrillator.

Malcolm's Stores

Post Office: Delivering success?

18 Apr 2017 Updated: 21 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Do the benefits of adding a post office counter stack up? Retailers highlight the pros and cons of operating the service.


Ins and outs of labelling

05 Apr 2017 Updated: 07 Apr 2017 | By Nikki Cutler

Clear ingredients labelling could become as important as the price tag thanks to c-store shoppers’ growing desire to know what their food contains.


The 5.7% solution

07 Mar 2017 Updated: 10 Mar 2017 | By David Rees

How much extra are consumers prepared to pay for convenience? Our exclusive study from ESA Retail calculates exactly how much extra multiple grocery c-stores charge for common items in small stores.

food to go

Food to go: Lessons to take away

21 Feb 2017 Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The food-to-go market is continually growing and evolving. C-Store reports on the thinking behind the leading brands and emerging trends outlined in a new report and at a recent conference.


Apprenticeships: Learning on the job

21 Feb 2017 Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | By Sarah Britton

Retailers discuss how they manage apprenticeship schemes, and reveal the benefits they provide employees and the business.

Spar City Tower, Manchester

Valentine's Day Gallery

15 Feb 2017

As romantics across the United Kingdom spoiled their loved ones this Valentine’s Day, independent retailers were busy playing cupid.  Check out some of the displays here.


The appy medium

25 Jan 2017 Updated: 27 Jan 2017 | By David Rees

Smartphones and the apps they carry are at the heart of fundamental change in consumer behaviour. So can they work for convenience stores? We look at those currently in use in c-stores.

LED lighting

LED lighting: Look on the bright side

25 Jan 2017 Updated: 27 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Modern LED lighting can not only slash electricity use but ensure your goods are seen in their best light. Here’s what you need to know.

Into the future

Into the future

16 Jan 2017 | By Robin Mannering

What will the sector look like in 2022? Retailers and analysts forecast the trends that could define the industry.

Wheelchair access

Are you open to everyone?

09 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Stores that are fully accessible can attract new customers, create a loyal customer base and see their sales ramp up as a result.

Booker symbol groups

United Colours

15 Dec 2016 Updated: 23 Dec 2016 | By Robin Mannering

How Booker’s buyout of Musgrave has impacted retailers more than 12 months on.


Set the trends

15 Dec 2016 Updated: 23 Dec 2016 | By Robin Mannering

Leading industry figures outline their expectations for 2017.

Meal for tonight

How to be a Supper Hero

02 Dec 2016 | By Nikki Cutler

Retailers may have breakfast, lunch and snacking sorted, but as competition builds for all these occasions, is it time to build on the dinnertime offer?

Retail Guardian

Free your files

15 Nov 2016 Updated: 18 Nov 2016 | By David Rees

Running a c-store business can generate mountains of paper, but retailers are helping to develop systems to let computers take the strain.


Killing you click by click?

19 Oct 2016 Updated: 21 Oct 2016 | By Simon Banks

With online grocery services providing ever-faster options for shoppers, C-Store asks whether the likes of Amazon Fresh will deliver a body blow to convenience retailers’ trade.

social media

Social media: Have you got the message?

19 Oct 2016 Updated: 21 Oct 2016 | By Nikki Cutler

Despite much reservation about new social media sites, businesses are finding them useful for connecting with a new audience of shoppers.


Halloween Gallery

17 Oct 2016 | By Sarah Britton

As Halloween continues to grow at a monstrous rate, retailers across the UK are pulling out all the stops to ensure customers get into the spirit of the season.

Singhs Facebook

How to get the best out of Facebook

10 Oct 2016

The Singh’s Premier Facebook page has over 13,800 followers. Mandeep Singh, who runs the Sheffield-based business with twin brothers Vrinder and Baljeet, gives us his top tips on how to make a success of Facebook.

Londis Blean

Food to go: Counter attraction

04 Oct 2016 Updated: 07 Oct 2016 | By Sarah Britton

Convenience Store speaks to six retailers about their recent food-to-go investments.

CRA 2016

Convenience Retail Awards 2017: Enter now

04 Oct 2016 Updated: 07 Oct 2016 | By David Rees

It’s here again! Time to appraise your business and get your store looking at its best for the judges as entries are open for the 2017 Convenience Retail Awards.

functional food

Is functional food a good fit?

20 Sep 2016 Updated: 23 Sep 2016 | By Nikki Cutler

Some retailers are taking their range of healthy foods to another level with functional foods. Here’s how they make them work in their stores.

own brand

Design a label

07 Sep 2016 Updated: 09 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

Launching your own range of products is a great way to boost footfall, sales and to stand out from the crowd. C-Store considers all the elements needed to create a successful own brand, picking up top tips from independent retailers who have pioneered the way.


Put the colour back into NPD

30 Aug 2016 | By Nikki Cutler

Convenience retailers of all sizes agree that new products are crucial to build basket spend and to create interest in store. But you’ll only reap the benefits if you really get behind launches as they happen.

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Understanding the soft drinks levy

30 Jun 2017

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