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RN’s Come Shop With Me project allows the retailers on our study tour to see great businesses in action and to pick up ideas to take back and try out in their own stores.
As this year’s tour drew to a close, we asked six of the retailers who took part in Come Shop With Me what they are planning to try out in their businesses.
Suresh Patel, Premier Upholland, Upholland, Lancashire
I was impressed that one store displayed children’s magazines with sweets and TV magazines with groceries to drive linked sales. I think that would work in my store.
Jack Patel, Westhorne Stores, Reading, Berkshire
One store we visited had a big range of alcohol and put lighting behind shelving to highlight products like spirits. It is really effective. I specialise in alcohol so I’d like to try that.
Vip Measuria, One Stop The Prior Way, Borrowash, Derbyshire
Two of the stores put fresh products in wicker baskets, which really made them stand out. I’m focusing on fresh more at the moment, so this could really help.
Kamal Sisodia, Belvoir News Loco, Coalville, Leicestershire
After seeing the range of homemade cakes in two of the stores, and also the cross-merchandising between categories, I think I could do more of this in my shop.
Kate Clark, Sean’s News, Upton-upon-Severn
My store is a newsagent, but I think a bigger range of food to go, baskets for displays and homemade cakes could work there. I’ll be going back to my store with fresh eyes, to look at my pricing and how I group products.