Marks & Spencer Simply Food

Marks and Spencer considers online delivery service

Marks and Spencer currently has 959 UK stores, of which 615 are food only

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Costcutter launches campaign for Independent own brand

26 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has launched a new promotional campaign for its own brand, Independent.


Co-op targets Wales with 12 new c-stores and refits

26 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-op has announced a £16m programme of food store openings and refits in Wales this year.

Midcounties Co-op Shrewsbury becomes community 'safe place'

Midcounties Co-op store teams up with local businesses

26 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

A market town co-operative food store has linked with local businesses in a bid to encourage residents to shop locally and support the community.

Supermarket trolley

Sharp drop in consumer confidence in disposable income

24 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

UK consumers’ confidence in their disposable income has fallen to its lowest level in more than two years, new research reveals.


Starbucks UK now dominated by franchised or licensed sites

21 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Starbucks sites in the UK are now dominated by franchised or licensed outlets, which soared in number by more than 100 in the year ending 2 October 2016, amid the closure or sale of dozens of company-owned sites.

Fairtrade trolley of goods

Ethically-motivated shopping growing in importance

19 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Ethically-motivated shopping is an increasingly important growth market that is expected to become a major retailing trend in the near future, a new report from global real estate advisor Colliers International claims.


Independent retailers crack Easter trading

18 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Convenience store retailers are reporting a successful weekend of Easter trading, with sales of chocolate eggs particularly buoyant.

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Digital screens prove a hit for convenience store owners

18 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

Leading c-store retailers are singing the praises of digital media screens, ahead of a national roll-out by one of the main providers.

Vishal Madhu, founder and owner of Innovative Bites

Confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites buys Hancocks

13 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

Innovative Bites, the importer and wholesaler of American grocery and confectionery products, has announced the acquisition of Hancocks, the UK’s leading supplier of wholesale sweets. 

Co-op launches charity food donations

The Co-op launches food redistribution scheme

13 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

The Co-op has announced it will be launching a new wide-reaching food redistribution scheme this week, supporting 2,500 good causes in towns and villages in postal areas where it has stores.


Family-run Spar store reopens following £1m refit

13 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Connolly family’s Spar store in Tidworth, Wiltshire, has reopened following a £1m redevelopment project.


Tesco-Booker: Lewis outlines opportunities for independents

12 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Tesco has shed further light on the “mixture of opportunities” that its proposed £3.7bn acquisition of Booker will present, including the possibility of enhanced financial services and click and collect for independent retailers.


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Donna Mullan

Onwards and upwards!

20 Apr 2017 | By Donna Mullan

Donna Mullan, co-owner of Mullan’s Spar in Armagh, describes the impact of winning CRA 2017.

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