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This week we visited the latest UK food hall concept to open, the Simply Fresh Foodhall in Manchester’s Stretford Mall. Here we share our thoughts on this latest format and our view on what’s next for foodhall evolution in Europe.

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As reported in Convenience Store magazine, the 2018 accounts (to 31 December) for major symbol group Costcutter show the company's sales fell by 24% to £390m over the twelve months.  This reveals the severe impact caused by the disruption of supply to member stores following the collapse of key supply partner, Palmer & Harvey, in late 2017. Ended year with 1,560 member stores As well as the...
Award winning 'alternative' symbol group, Simply Fresh, part-owned by Costcutter since 2014, has appointed Tim Chalk as its new chief executive.  Kash Khera co-founder of Simply Fresh, who launched the group with his brother in 2009, will remain as chief operating officer.  The group now includes some 90 stores across Great Britain. Chalk brings international experience in convenience Tim C...
Major UK symbol group operator, Costcutter (part Bibby Line Group) has revealed sales down 18.5% to £512m for the year to 31 December 2017.  Store numbers declined to 1,776 at year-end as a result of lost members and exits from unprofitable contracts.  And performance was also impacted by falling service levels from, and the eventual collapse of, its supply partner Palmer & Harvey. Further loss...



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