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Maxol Group celebrates launch of Maxol Mulhuddart

Some 50 guests have joined the celebrations as the Maxol Group officially launched its largest service station at Maxol M3 Mulhuddart. Maxol’s company directors, contractors, trade partners and the sites licensees, Donal and Liam Fitzpatrick, were among the guests attending the event. Maxol Mulhuddart is the company’s largest service station in almost 100 years of company history. Since opening recently ...

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Applegreen Lisburn wins International award

Applegreen’s Lisburn Motorway Service Area has been conferred a major international award. The site took home the top prize of International Convenience Retailer of the Year at the prestigious 2016 International Convenience Retail Awards, held in London on June 9. The awards are organised by the US based National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which represents 150,000 forecourts in the ...

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All Blacks legend joins Summit international line-up

World Cup winner and one of the greatest rugby players to ever perform the Haka, Sean Fitzpatrick, is joining a cast of international and local speakers for what will be one of Ireland’s biggest conferences this year. The programme for the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 has been revealed, featuring huge figures in international retailing. Some 450 delegates from ...

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Half of Ireland’s favourite brands are homegrown

Of the top 50 brands in Ireland, half are traditional Irish products, with dairy specialist Avonmore leading the way. The 2016 Brand Footprint ranking by Kantar Worldpanel measures which are bought by the most consumers, most often. Avonmore is chosen by 75.8 per cent of the population, on average 27.4 times a year, meaning it was picked from supermarket shelves ...

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McNulty’s business becomes rock of Hospital

It’s usually hedonistic rock stars that grab the headlines at the age of 27, but for young Eric McNulty, it’s the beginning of a blossoming business career. After his (slight) return to Ireland following academic pursuits in Scotland, his new show-stopping forecourt in Co Limerick is quickly becoming a huge hit with the local community. McNulty’s Fuels is located on ...

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The fresher the better!

Convenience operators latched onto fresh food’s retail potential years ago, but that doesn’t mean that innovation has stopped. Despite inflationary pressures impacting on consumer spend, fresh foods are still contributing healthy amounts at retail, in fact, according to Nielsen, it’s a category than can account for up to 60 per cent of consumers’ total spend on food, grocery and personal ...

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Creightons of Balmoral opens creating 50 new jobs

Creightons’ new hyper-modern store in the Balmoral area of Belfast has opened creating 50 new jobs for the area. The 6,000 sq ft EUROSPAR store is located on South Belfast’s Upper Lisburn Road. Owners Niall Creighton and Gail Boyd also own and operate EUROSPAR Creightons of Finaghy and SPAR Creightons of Blacks Road, also in the south of the city. The ...

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Awards host revealed as table bookings soar

Journalist and broadcaster Gráinne Seoige has been revealed as the host of the 2016 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards. Having worked on a multitude of channels, from BBC1 to Sky News, and RTÉ to TG4, Gráinne’s entertaining presenting style will adds to the glitz and spectacle of this year’s huge awards ceremony. And time is running out to book your ...

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Brexit – What’s the worst that can happen..?

On June 23, voters in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will go to the polls to decide directly whether the UK should remain part of the European Union. The result is far from a foregone conclusion and the likely effects of withdrawal are a topic of conjecture. But how do Irish retailers and business people view the ...

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Black economy crushing retail

Ireland’s black economy is creating havoc for genuine retailers, new government figures reveal. Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) said their analysis of Central Statistics Office (CSO) retail sales figures for April suggests a surge in the incomes of illicit traders. Year-on-year retail sales figures showed the squeeze on margins with an increase of 5.1 per cent in volume, ...

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Gala award Candy’s Carnew

Michael Kelly speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer after his Gala store and forecourt in Carnew, Co Wexford, undergoes a rigorous revamp. Achieving buy-in – a personal investment of time, effort and good intention – is one of the strongest foundations any business can have. Candy’s Carnew in Co Wicklow is as good an example of this as you ...

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Flagship site spearheads Maxol’s expansion plans

Maxol has just unveiled its much anticipated Mulhuddart service station on the M3, its largest scheme to date and a new benchmark both in terms of building design and consumer offering. It’s part of an ongoing and extensive expansion plan for the brand. Leading forecourt convenience retailer, Maxol, has just opened the doors on the largest ever service station development ...

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