Classic Service Station

CRA 2018: Classic Service Station, Armagh

20 Apr 2018

Classic Service Station in Omagh, Northern Ireland, was doubly honoured at the Convenience Retail Awards 2018 with awards for Food to Go Retailerof the Year (large store) and Best Communication to Shoppers.

Mullans Spar

CRA 2018: Mullan's Spar, Armagh

18 Apr 2018

Stephen and Donna Mullan, of Mullan’s Spar in Armagh, picked up two more awards to add to their growing collection at the Convenience Retail Awards 2018.

Spar Roe Lane

CRA Best Multiple Store: Spar Roe Lane, Southport

03 Apr 2018

This year’s Best Multiple or Franchise Store is the 2,000sq ft forecourt Spar Roe Lane, owned by James Hall company division G&E Murgatroyd.

Budgens of Islington

CRA 2018 winner: Budgens of Islington

20 Mar 2018 Updated: 23 Mar 2018

Paul Gardner’s Budgens in Islington, North London, won the top prize at the 2018 Convenience Retail Awards.

Hunt's Spar Freshfield

Hunt's Spar Freshfield, Formby

07 Mar 2018 Updated: 09 Mar 2018

Hunt’s Spar Freshfield in Formby, Merseyside, has taken on the café culture in a big way. The store has been owned by Lawrence Hunt & Co for five years, but the company decided to add an Insomnia café with seating at the end of 2017.

Little Fresh Pembrokeshire College

CRA Best New Store finalist: Little Fresh, Pembrokeshire College

06 Mar 2018

The Best New Store award at CRA 2018 has attracted an outstandingly high standard of entries once again this year, showing the willingness of convenience retailers across the country to make big investments in order to satisfy and raise customer expectations. Here we profile the third of three stores on this year’s shortlist. 

Spar Madigans Court

CRA Best New Store finalist: Spar Madigans Court, Belfast

22 Feb 2018 Updated: 23 Feb 2018

The Best New Store award at CRA 2018 has attracted an outstandingly high standard of entries once again this year, showing the willingness of convenience retailers across the country to make big investments in order to satisfy and raise customer expectations. Here we profile the second of three stores on this year’s shortlist. 

Spar Walkden

CRA Best New Store finalist: Spar Walkden

20 Feb 2018 Updated: 23 Feb 2018

The Best New Store award at CRA 2018 has attracted an outstandingly high standard of entries once again this year, showing the willingness of convenience retailers across the country to make big investments in order to satisfy and raise customer expectations. Here we profile the first of three stores on this year’s shortlist. 

Spar Princess Street

CRA: Retailer's Retailer of the Year

06 Feb 2018 Updated: 09 Feb 2018

Paul Stone, who operates eight Spar stores in the Manchester area, was named as Retailer’s Retailer of the Year at the 2017 Convenience Retail Awards.

Biddles Spar

Biddles Spar, Redditch, Worcs

12 Jan 2018

Simon Biddle recently switched his 1,000sq ft Redditch Biddles store from Simply Fresh to Spar, in a joint venture with Spar distributor AF Blakemore.

Bishop's Stortford

Eat 17 Bishop's Stortford

18 Dec 2017

Burgeoning chain Eat 17 opened its fourth and largest store (5,000sq ft, including 3,000sq ft retail space) last month, in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford. 

Premier Thind Convenience Store Bedford

Supplier in your store: Premier Thind, Bedford

17 Nov 2017

C-Store went to see Pammi Thind, a new recruit to Heineken’s Star Retailer programme, at his Premier store in Bedford.

Broadway Convenience

Premier Broadway Convenience, Edinburgh

18 Oct 2017 Updated: 20 Oct 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

With a new food-to-go counter, a revamped spirits section with the latest in LED lighting, and an extended fresh produce and promotional range that covers both value and premium lines, the 1,600sq ft Premier Broadway Convenience in Edinburgh has it all covered.

Greens Tillicoultry

Greens of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire

06 Sep 2017 Updated: 08 Sep 2017

Greens of Tillicoultry is building a reputation as a store to suit the shopping needs of the local community despite being new to the town.

Spar Tidworth

Spar Tidworth, Wiltshire

14 Aug 2017 | By David Rees

Located in the village of Tidworth on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border, the Connolly family’s Spar store has benefited from a £1.2m redevelopment.

Nisa Upper Beeding

Nisa Upper Beeding, West Sussex

11 Jul 2017 Updated: 14 Jul 2017

Last year Jai Patel invested £100,000 in refurbishing his Upper Beeding site in West Sussex to the Nisa ‘store of the future’ model.

Premier Whitstone

Premier Whitstone Village Stores, Cornwall

16 May 2017 Updated: 19 May 2017

C-Store columnist Dan Cocks has opened his refitted and revamped Premier store in Whitstone, Cornwall. 

Welcome Co-op Frobisher House

Co-op Frobisher House, Southampton

02 May 2017 Updated: 05 May 2017

When the HSBC office above the store relocated - taking with it 1,000 workers - it could have been disastrous for Welcome Co-op Frobisher House owner Richard Inglis. But a renewed effort has seen the initial 12% sales dip at this Southampton store turned into an 8% year on year sales rise.

McBrides Sligo Road

McBride's Spar, Sligo Road, Enniskillen

19 Apr 2017 Updated: 21 Apr 2017

McBride’s Spar in Sligo Road, Enniskillen, has been reborn in a food hall format as the perfect showcase for great-quality fresh and chilled food, resulting in it being named Chilled Food Retailer of the Year at the recent Convenience Retail Awards.

Budgens Moreton

Warners Budgens, Moreton-in-Marsh

12 Apr 2017

The 10,000sq ft Budgens store in Moreton-in Marsh in the Cotswolds has been trading for 10 years, but owner Guy Warner and his staff have in no way been resting on their laurels over that time.

Eat 17

Eat 17 Hackney, London

27 Mar 2017

Eat 17 Hackney won the Best Large Store award at CRA 2017 - as well as the Innovation Award and Best Communication to Shoppers accolade.

Mullan's Spar

Mullan's Spar, Armagh, Northern Ireland

22 Mar 2017 Updated: 24 Mar 2017

Inside Stephen and Donna Mullan’s CRA award-winning store in Armagh, Northern Ireland

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