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Small Changes Making a Big Difference with Brian Herlihy of Centra

Independency within retail and convenience is never an easy job. There are a plethora of issues facing owners, managing directors, licensees and numerous individuals in-between. Whilst there is no out-and-out solution to solving the issues that face retailers every day, a wealth of experience and a logical approach can create an understanding for the current climate and future of the ...

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What does the Landmarks & Today’s Merger mean for the industry?

Landmarks Wholesale and Today’s recently unanimously agreed to take a proposal to merge both groups to a wider voting process for approval by their members. Both companies seem happy with the proposition, but many are left wondering what economic and regional implications this could have on the industry. The objective of the proposed merger is to create a larger, more ...

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Moy Park Celebrating 75 Years with Musgrave

Ireland’s poultry brand, Moy Park has continued the company’s 75th anniversary celebrations through an activity with Moy Park’s iconic little yellow van at Musgrave headquarters in Belfast.  The visit saw staff sample the relaunched breaded range from the van and enjoy an afternoon with senior Moy Park personnel.  2018 has been a momentous year for Moy Park with the company ...

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Fresh Forward Future at Subway as First Concept Store Opens in Northern Ireland

SUBWAY, the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain, has marked its 20th year in Northern Ireland with the opening of its first Subway Fresh Forward concept store in Northern Ireland. Representing an investment of £90,000 the latest Ballycastle eatery is the 50th Subway Fresh Forward premise to open in the UK and the 100th store in Europe. Subway Fresh Forward is ...

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Costcutter Expo ‘Putting Shoppers First’

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has confirmed details of its annual Expo, which is set to take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on 28th March 2019.   Entitled ‘Putting shoppers first to drive your sales’, the one-day Expo, which will be followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony, will see the Group share plans and programmes to help its retailers ...

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Iceland Offering up Something New at The Range

With a current total of 11 stores in the entirety of Ireland, the popular discount retailer The Range is going to soon be stocking frozen foods from high street heavyweight Iceland. Three of its stores are set to open an Iceland inside, and whilst this isn’t the national scheme, if successful it could be rolled out across every store. The ...

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A new era for Maxol

Speaking to Maxol’s CEO, Brian Donaldson, IF&CR learned of his excitement and positivity behind the fuel group’s exploration of a modern, new convenience offer. Maxol, one of Ireland’s leading fuel networks, has trialed a series of own-brand convenience stores across the Republic of Ireland. Making significant changes to its store interiors and range, Mr. Donaldson explained that Maxol’s six pilot ...

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Maxol and AWARE NI ‘Top up by Ten’ this August

Maxol have launched their new initiative to help charity partner AWARE NI to raise funds by asking motorists to donate 10p when stopping for fuel, or any other products, when in their stores nationwide. The scheme will run until the end of August and aims to increase awareness of positive mental wellbeing in local communities and help to provide support groups ...

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Fierce competition

Recent figures from Kantar are indicative that the market is strong but that competition is rife. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending May 20, 2018, indicate that competition is rife in the grocery market in Ireland as Tesco takes the top spot for the first time since 2015. The gap between the top three ...

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It’s a wrap – but which one should win healthy lunch off crown?

SuperValu and Centra need you to cast your vote for the winner of Healthy Lunch Off Competition. Two finalists have been announced in the Healthy Lunch Off competition, created by leading convenience retailers, SuperValu and Centra and public transport provider, Translink. The unique competition invited people across Northern Ireland to be active and enjoy the great outdoors by packing a ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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Coming out on top in Cavan

Padraig Rudden, owner of Costcutter Rudden’s Service Station tells IF&CR why Top Oil is the only network for him. The site on the popular Railway Road in Cavan had been trading for thirty years and in October of last year went under an extensive redevelopment, switching to Costcutter and adding a host of new facilities. Despite feeling the need for ...

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