Khans open with Londis
Experienced retailers Siemi and Shoaib Khan relaunched their forecourt, Hylands Service Station, last month after leaving their previous symbol group and joining forces with Londis as their new retail partners. Under the Londis brand the service station now features an extensive range of chilled food within 7m of refrigeration for fresh bake-off and food to go, produce, grocery, confectionery, newspapers, lottery and car care services. There is also a dedicated café selling Seattle’s Best coffee from Starbucks, with freshly-made sandwiches, baguettes and pizzas from their in-store bakery.
Site let to Park Garage
A forecourt in Cardiff has been let to Park Garage Group, the Croydon-based Top 50 Indie. The site is located on Hadfield Road, near to the new football stadium. Adam Wadlow, partner at Barber Wadlow, which handled the contract, commented: "This is a strategic decision by our client, White Dove Group, who wanted to focus on their core business franchise vehicle retailing (the company represents Skoda, Seat and Mitsubishi in Cardiff)".
Growth in RYO
With more than one in four adult smokers now choosing to smoke roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco, new research commissioned by tobacco manufacturer JTI has identified that retailers are now capitalising on this profit opportunity and recognise that RYO is an important source of income for their store.
The majority of retailers (83%) surveyed as part of the study believe RYO sales, which were worth £1.3bn in 2010, will remain consistent or increase in the coming year, having been the fastest-growing tobacco sector in the UK for the past 10 years.