Convenience news

18 February 2013
Morrisons has purchased 49 Blockbuster stores to convert into convenience stores. Stepping up expansion The retailer has announced the purchase of 49 Blockbuster stores from administrators Deloitte for an undisclosed sum as it steps up its expansion into the convenience sector. It is believed many of these stores are located in London and the south east, an area where traditionally Morr...
13 February 2013
.style1 { border-width: 0px; } Waitrose has announced it intends to double its estate of inner London convenience stores over the next year. 10 openings targeted The move will involve the opening of 10 stores during 2013 and represents the largest numbers of stores the business has ever opened in inner London in a year. Waitrose also intends to open 10 supermarkets this year. Locati...
13 February 2013
Rewe and BP are to roll out their forecourt partnership in Austria, opening three to four 'Merkur-inside' stores every month until the end of 2014. Rollout follows trial in Vienna The parties trialled the concept in Vienna, opening five Merkur-inside stores on BP forecourts.  The rollout will see this trial expanded to 80 locations across Austria.  Expansion in contrast to slowdown at ...
12 February 2013
SPAR has launched a £1 value campaign this month, forming part of a wider move to focus more heavily on its in-store events throughout the year. Comprehensive campaign With price of particular importance to shoppers in the period immediately after Christmas, SPAR is launching a value campaign to highlight a range of products across its stores priced at £1. The launch will be supported by...
11 February 2013
Leading independent forecourt operator Euro Garages has announced a £50million deal to acquire 45 service stations from Esso. Convenience stores branded as SPAR All the petrol stations included in the deal are located in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and North Wales, bringing the total number of sites owned and operated by Euro Garages to 120. The sites will continue to have fuel s...
07 February 2013
According to reports in Levensmiddelenkrant, Ahold is set to establish AH to Go in the Netherlands as a separate division within the company in order to enable the concept to ‘better meet the needs’ of its customers. Separation to give AH to Go ability to focus on its own offer Commenting on the reports a spokesperson for Ahold , Anoesjka Aspeslagh, said: “ Albert Heijn to Go distinguishes i...
07 February 2013
As Tesco creates a new position for a Managing Director to oversee its operations in London, what does this mean for its strategy in the capital in terms of how its business develops going forward? Getting serious about the London opportunity Andrew Yaxley was moved from his position as UK Commercial Director for Fresh Food last October and will now take on the responsibility for all for...
04 February 2013
Morrisons has acquired seven former Jessops stores for its growing M Local format 50 new stores this year The retailer has today announced it has acquired seven former Jessops stores from administrators which are expected to open under the M local banner.  Morrisons has reported its intention to open 50 new M Local stores this year, highlighting the strategic focus the retailer is placing on...
01 February 2013
Waitrose has announced Jackie Wharton as the new convenience director, replacing Diana Hunter. 15 years experience at Waitrose Following the announcement of Diana Hunter leaving to take up the role of chief executive of Bargain Booze, Waitrose has today announced  Jackie Wharton as its new convenience director.  Wharton has worked at Waitrose for 15 years, most recently as director of c...
31 January 2013
Trade press reports have confirmed that Musgrave Retail Partners GB is launching a loyalty card scheme for its Budgens retailers.  Under the title 'Love Local', the card will enable shoppers to collect points for donations to community projects within their neighbourhoods. Trial launched in three stores The new loyalty scheme is to be trialled initially from 1st February by three Budgens re...