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Inside Convenience Retailer of the Year 2020: Spar Y Maes, Pwllheli

What type of store wins Convenience Retailer of the Year? We step inside Spar Y Maes, Pwllheli to find out.


Creating loyalty at Nisa Marsh Lane

Customer loyalty was something on Barry Patel’s mind during the early stages of the lockdown so he came up with a plan to keep shoppers coming back to his two Nisa stores in Luton.


Nisa Stilton, Cambridgeshire

Late last year the village store in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, re-opened following a major refit which saw the 1,500sq ft site almost double in size. 

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Costcutter Chislehurst, South East London

Anil Patel opted to switch his South East London-store from Spar fascia to Costcutter in January 2019 due to the latter’s tie-up with the Co-op Group.

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Simply Fresh, Webheath, Worcestershire

Parminder Gosal has graduated from working for Nasta Khera – who owns Simply Fresh in Alcester – to having a store of his own. 

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David’s Kitchen, Kirkcaldy, Fife

The latest David’s Kitchen site opened last month in Kirkcaldy following a million pound investment. Food service remains at the heart of the brand, which already has sites in Falkirk and Glenrothes, but the latest store is the first to incorporate a full coffee shop offering alongside a c-store and deli counter. 

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Retail in Japan

With a large and largely urban population, Japan has one of the highest concentrations of convenience stores in the world, and the stores play an important role in feeding busy but demanding consumers on the move.

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Racetrack Pitstop (Premier) Glasgow

Last year the Sud family embarked on a radical revamp of their Racetrack Pitstop (Premier-branded) forecourt store in Glasgow. 

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Hunt’s Spar, Leyland, Lancashire

A £300k+ refit has completely refreshed the Hunt’s Spar store in Broadfield Drive, Leyland, Lancashire, as well as adding food to go and a fresh butchery counter to make it a destination store for shoppers at any time of day.

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Stretford Foodhall, Manchester

Stretford Foodhall is the latest venture from Mital Morar, who is enjoying huge success with Ancoats General Store in Manchester city centre. 


Costcutter Cockshut Hill, Sheldon

Rekha Godhania opened her newly-built Costcutter store in Sheldon, Birmingham, in 2017 under the symbol group’s Shopper First programme.

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CRA 2019 Best New Store: Spar Eat 17 Hammersmith

Spar Eat 17’s latest store, which opened in Hammersmith, West London, last August, was crowned Best New Store at the 2019 Convenience Retail Awards. 

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CRA 2019 Best Chilled Food retailer: Spar Mullaghmore, Omagh

Located in Omagh, Northern Ireland, Spar Mullaghmore is one of 11 Spar stores operated by the McBride Retail Group. 

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CRA 2019: Family Shopper, Blantyre, Scotland

Mo Razzaq’s determination to modernise his Family Shopper-branded store in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, yielded three richly deserved accolades at this year’s Convenience Retail Awards.

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CRA 2019 Best Communication to Shoppers: Spar Loughbrickland, County Down

Dale and Aaron Beckett opened their Spar store on the site of an old village church in June 2017.

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CRA 2019 Food to go (small store) and Energy Efficiency awards: Scotmid Bankton

Investment in the Scotmid Co-operative Bankton store in Prestonpans, to the east of Edinburgh, has paid off with two awards in this year’s CRA.

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CRA 2019 Best Large Store: Eurospar Donegall Road, Belfast

Eurospar Donegall Road scooped not only the Best Large Store Award at the CRAs, but was also Food to go Retailer of the Year (large store). 

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CRA 2019 Best Independent Store: Spar Princess Street, Manchester

The continuing growth in sales at Paul Stone’s Spar store in Princess Street, Manchester, was rewarded with the accolade of Best Independent Store at this year’s Convenience Retail Awards. 

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CRA 2019 Convenience Retailer of the Year: MJ's Premier, Royton

New investment in Justin Whittaker’s MJ’s Premier store in Royton, near Oldham in Greater Manchester, has begun to pay off almost immediately by being named as 2019’s Convenience Retailer of the Year. 

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Budgens Gipsy Hill, London

Owned by Kiri Kiritharan, the new Budgens store in Gipsy Hill, South London, is the symbol group’s take on a small convenience store. 

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