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-patelSuresh 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-patelJack 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.

sureshVip 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-clarkKate 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.

nicola-ransomeNicola Ransome, Welton’s, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

I love how one of the stores makes curry sandwiches from curry spreads. I could do this, and I also think I could sell cooked chickens to expand my fresh range.

Find out who won at the Local Shop Summit at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 14 October. To take part, email events@newtrade.co.uk