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    Three cheers for forecourt retailers: Tracy West, retail commentator


    Three cheers for the forecourt retailers who have really gone out of their way to help customers during the lockdowns. Of course, many are simply doing the things that they’ve always done but have found a whole new audience thanks to more people shopping locally.

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    First Asda on the Move opens on Euro Garages site in Walsall


    The first ‘Asda On the Move’ convenience store has opened on a Euro Garages site in Walsall. The site is part of a three-store trial with EG Group that will see Asda open on forecourts in the Midlands during October and follows last week’s announcement that Asda is being acquired by the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.

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    Top 50 Indie Ascona Group unveils first store with Nisa Local fascia


    Top 50 Indie Ascona Group has unveiled its first Nisa Local store fascia as plans to convert all its sites to the brand get underway.

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    Maxol and Henderson Group renew contract with £425m deal


    Maxol, Northern Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, has announced the renewal of its strategic alliance with the Henderson Group, the company that owns the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland.

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    Booker CEO Charles Wilson to retire


    Booker CEO Charles Wilson is to retire in February 2021 after 15 years leading the business.

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    Service centred


    People want much more from a forecourt than fuel and a good convenience offer. They want services too You’ve got a great forecourt with fast pumps and a smart canopy to keep your customers dry. You’ve also got a modern convenience store with a comprehensive food and drink offering ...

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    Londis targets forecourt growth


    Earlier this year as Londis announced the celebration of its 60th birthday, we heard how the symbol brand was doing better than ever, following three record-breaking years of sales growth and recruitment. The success had followed its acquisition by the Booker Group in 2015, along with sister brand Budgens. ...

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    Pump up your profits


    Top 50 Indie the Kay Group has pump-top promotions at every one of its 20 sites. The company’s retail convenience manager, Jacob Francis, says they provide a great opportunity to achieve incremental purchases from customers. DSL supplies the products and has done for around 20 years. Jacob says the range ...

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    The best of both


    A recent visit to the Hammond Group’s stunning Three Elm site in Tonbridge, Kent, filled with Co-op-branded products, prompted further investigation into the Southern Co-op’s Welcome franchise. I am greeted by a familiar face franchise business manager Mike Fitton (pictured above), who has long experience working with independent forecourt ...

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    Symbols of success


    While talking about the Londis brand’s 60th birthday earlier this year, Martin Swadling, Londis brand director, revealed that 49% of its retail stores are in the forecourt sector. The estate is a mixture of independent retailers and groups, but a huge chunk belongs to number one Top 50 Indie, MFG. ...

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    Nisa launches World Food promotional event


    A new promotional event is being launched for Nisa retailers to help them tap into the popularity of the world food category. Following on from a series of events focusing on particular food types including Chinese, Indian, Italian and Mexican, Nisa is this month hosting a “whatever you fancy” event ...

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    The cable guys


    The size of the prize when it comes to the gadgets and gizmos category for forecourt retailers is huge, according to Craig Walker, operations director at Fifo. "Our top stores can turn over up to £1,000 per month in accessories alone," he says. There’s no surprise when it comes ...

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    Pet potential


    Today in the UK, 13 million households have a pet. Our pet population includes nine million dogs, eight million cats, 900,000 rabbits, 400,000 snakes and lizards, and 100,000 rats. Most owners will no doubt shop at specialist stores such as Pets at Home or buy their petcare items along with ...

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    Brand leaders


    You’re on a long journey on the motorway, with one eye on the fuel gauge and another on the clock to see whether it’s time for a break. A sign comes up saying ’Services ahead’ but it says M S Simply Food and McDonald’s and you wanted Waitrose, while the ...

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    product news: new Walkers van sales operation planned


    PepsiCo UK will establish a new van sales operation to deliver Walkers snack products direct to independent retailers, foodservice operators and the licensed trade. This follows the announcement that Palmer and Harvey has gone into administration and will therefore no longer be providing a direct-to-store service. The new operation will ...

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    product news: Spar supports charity with festive sandwiches


    Spar UK is raising funds for Marie Curie this Christmas, with the launch of a limited edition festive sandwich range. Spar’s Turkey Feast sandwich, stuffed with popular Christmas fillings including turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, will return this year. Also launching this year is a vegetarian festive sandwich, Wensleydale and ...

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    product news: Bidfood introduces health conscious desserts


    Foodservice supplier Bidfood has launched Better 4 Me, a new dessert range that caters for health-conscious consumers and the increasing demand for vegan and free-from food options. Better 4 Me features a selection of desserts under 300 calories (per portion), a range of vegan tarts and a gluten free ...

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    Best-One in town


    At the start of the year, Certas Energy reached agreement with Bestway Wholesale to be a preferred retail partner across its independent Gulf and Pace-branded sites. Six months before that, Top 50 Indie, Park Garage Group, also allied itself with Bestway Wholesale by signing an exclusive distribution agreement. So ...

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    product news: best-one showing "strong growth"


    Bestway Wholesale’s new own–label offer best-one has posted strong growth in its first weeks in the market. Bestway says initial tracking of the launch products has seen overall growth against the previous Best-in brand of 26% in value and 40% in volume sales in the initial two-week period since ...

  • Inquiry into Booker/Tesco deal expanded

    Inquiry into Booker/Tesco deal expanded


    The proposed merger between Tesco and Booker, which supplies the Premier, Londis and Budgens brands, is being referred for an in-depth, phase 2 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA opened its phase 1 investigation into the merger in May. At the end of June, the ...