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  • 2019

    C-Store Champions: Prepared for anything


    Our C-Store Champions are readying themselves for whatever 2019 may throw at them with plans to improve ranges and control costs

  • Spar Newbold Road

    Spar Newbold Road, Chesterfield


    Richard Barron, owner of six Spar stores around Chesterfield, and Blakemore Guild member, used his Newbold Road store as a testbed for a new Blakemore model aimed at driving up margins.

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    Hungry for change


    Living in food poverty is a harsh reality for a growing number of people in the UK. C-Store talks to c-store retailers trying to help those in need, and looks at what more can be done.

  • Raven's Budgens

    Raven's Budgens, Abridge, Essex


    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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    Is consolidation delivering?


    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?  

  • C-Store 2018 Combo Covers

    C-Store Champions: Rolling with the punches


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

  • What's in store

    Future in your hands


    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


    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.

  • Proxy purchasing

    Solving the proxy problem


    Proxy purchasing isn’t always an easy crime for retailers and staff to tackle. C-Store looks at how store owners can prevent, spot and avoid it.

  • Money

    Fine margins


    Operating costs are increasing at an unrelenting pace, leaving retailers with little choice but to boost margins just to stand still. Here C-Store looks at how store owners and their symbol groups are working together to maximise the potential return from every shopping visit.

  • Nisa Southend Victoria

    Nisa Southend Victoria, Essex


    Less than a mile from the seaside, Nisa Southend Victoria has the benefit of both a railway station entrance and a street entrance, and owner Mitul Patel takes full advantage with an offer that appeals to visitors, commuters and locals. 

  • Belvita Coffee Project

    A plan for better biscuit sales

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    See how Mondelēz International worked in store to update a retailer’s biscuit fixture in line with the latest trends and opportunities.

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    C-Store Champions: Get a clear view on crime


    Our C-Store Champions share their experiences of crime in their stores, its effect on their businesses, and how they are fighting the battle.

  • Go Local Wolviston

    Bay Bashir, Go Local, Middlesbrough


    Bay Bashir’s five Middlesbrough stores are thriving after he recently switched supplier to Parfetts and joined the wholesaler’s Go Local symbol group.

  • Community shop

    Beating hearts


    Created by their people for their people, community-owned shops offer a distinctive and increasingly successful retail proposition capitalising on local engagement.

  • STG UK

    Just three simple steps to cigar sales success

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    Research shows that most smokers are very open to trying to cigars and willing to switch given the right factors, and when you consider the higher profit margins they offer, this presents a clear opportunity for savvy retailers.

  • Ormskirk Co-op

    Halloween gallery


    Retailers and their staff have gone to a whole new level to make sure their stores show off their spooky side this Halloween.

  • Winter warmers

    Winter Warmers


    Retailers in tourist locations have an advantage when it comes to sales and footfall in the summer months, but what happens when the weather turns and the holiday-makers stay at home? C-Store explores how stores in seasonal areas make the best of the winter season and adapt to changing demands.

  • Costcutter Huntingdon

    Costcutter Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire


    A year after his 1,600sq ft store’s £100,000 refit and Shopper First rebrand, owner Sagar Patel has seen weekly turnover increase to an impressive figure.

  • Planning

    Plan ahead to succeed


    Retailers who take time out from the day-to-day running of their business to plan ahead are able to save money and grow sales.