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Chris Wardle

Chris Wardle fuels local community with petrol station post office

When the village of Norton-on-the-Moors lost its post office, Chris Wardle saw it as the perfect fit for his Premier petrol station convenience. He...
supplier availability

Supply chain availability at its worst level according to wholesale bosses

Supplier availability is at its “worst ever” level, leading to service issues for wholesalers, lost sales and retailers migrating to other symbol groups. Speaking at...
Keith Tomes

Keith Tomes injects fresh impetus into century-old family store

Keith Tomes’ business has been in his family for nearly 100 years. With recent innovations including meat multibuys from his in-store butchery and fresh,...

Costcutter retailers say any consolidation deal must equal better service

Costcutter retailers have demanded better service from their symbol group if it is to go ahead with a consolidation deal, as it proposed last...
alcohol sales

Alcohol focus boosts store’s sales by 12%

Creating a dedicated beers, wines and spirits area with more chiller space has boosted a Somerset retailer’s alcohol sales by 12%. Greg Gardner and Mark...
Barry Chandi

Why Barry & Ranjeet Chandi are ready for tomorrow

Barry and Ranjeet Chandi spent £70,000 to fit their store out with Nisa’s Store of the Future 2 format. With chilled, fresh, coffee and alcohol attracting...
Barclays branch closures

Wave of Barclays branch closures could leave retailers facing bigger struggle

Barclays’ plan to axe 54 branches by the end of the year is another hit for struggling retailers in small towns and villages, a...
british egg scandal

Independent retailers can benefit from European egg scandal

The egg contamination scandal sweeping Europe can provide an opportunity for retailers who only source eggs from Britain. Bristol retailer Tony Mallaban said he suspected...

Government to roll in new business rates appeal scheme

New business rates appeals have plummeted by 97% since the government launched its Check, Challenge, Appeal scheme in April, research has revealed. Business rates specialist...
Corfe Castle village store

Corfe Castle village store: Carole and Terry Birnie create a destination

Where Mary Portas failed to restore the fortunes of Corfe Castle village’s local store, Terry and Carole Birnie have succeeded. They told Joe Cooper...