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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...

Merchandise vegan products to boost category sales

Retailers can increase sales of vegan products by merchandising the category with other foods, Cotswold Fayre told RN. The wholesaler’s chief executive Paul Hargreaves said...

Symbol groups to safeguard future of independent c-stores

Symbol groups have told RN how they are future-proofing independent retailing after a report showed 20,000 jobs were slashed across c-stores last year. Ian Taylor,...

Spar retailers welcome Blakemore’s focus on health amid tobacco sales decline

Spar retailers have welcomed Blakemore’s decision to reduce its focus on the declining cigarette market in favour of growing health and food to go...
P&H rescue bids

Rumoured P&H rescue bids called into question

Retail experts have questioned two rumoured rescue bids for struggling wholesaler Palmer & Harvey (P&H) by two private equity firms, one of which owns one...
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,...

The Sunday Times’ cover price set to rise for first time...

The Sunday Times’s cover price is set to increase by 20p and retailer margins will remain at 21%, effective from Sunday. The price will rise...
Hot dogs, food to go, sales increase, hot dog sales

Hot dogs increase food to go sales by £200

Retailers selling fresh American hot dogs have increased weekly food to go sales by as much as £200. Peter Lamb, of Lamb’s Larder in East...
Magazine, Christmas, Christmas magazines, Comag, DC Thomson

Independent retailers urged to maximise Christmas magazine opportunity

Independents can grow their share of Christmas editions and one shots in the craft and home interest sectors by displaying copies as early as...
Racing Post, sub-retailing, Citipost

Indies lose sub-retailing income on Racing Post

Retailers are set to lose out on sub-retailing income after betting shops in their areas signed new contracts to receive The Racing Post from...

Retailers raise tobacco margins to up to 12%

Retailers are raising their tobacco margins to up to 12% to help offset rising store costs following the ban on price-marked packs enforced in...

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