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BWG launch “game-changing” new strategy

Leading retail brands SPAR and EUROSPAR have today announced plans to add 45 new stores to their combined network by 2020, leading to the creation of up to 1,000 new full and part-time jobs over the next two years. The announcement was made at the SPAR and EUROSPAR Retailer Convention in Killarney which was attended by more than 400 retailers ...

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Spar Loughbrickland

Spar Loughbrickland first to install EDGEPoS system

Independently owned forecourt convenience operation, Spar Loughbrickland, County Down, has become the first service station to install the EDGEPoS self-checkout in store. Co-owner Dale Beckett, co-owner, said: “We’re very excited to launch the self-scan checkout here at Spar Loughbrickland, staying ahead of the times. “The self-scan is very unique to convenience retailing, so unique in fact, that we are the first ...

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What the fuel duty freeze means for forecourts

Theresa May has announced that fuel duty, a tax that applies to every litre of fuel sold on UK forecourts, is to remain frozen. The UK PM has recently said that a car is a necessity and “not a luxury” for millions of people, echoing recent RAC research that indicates drivers’ dependency on the car is actually increasing. The announcement, which ...

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EG Group takeover of Esso network complete

ExxonMobil and EG Group were pleased to announce on 1 October, the sale of the German Esso service station network has been successfully concluded. EG Group will operate as a brand partner of Esso in the future. This follows the agreement to transfer publicly announced by both companies at the end of November last year. This takeover is the conclusion ...

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Applegreen Service Station

Applegreen surge ahead

Applegreen have been racing a head after their recent acquisition of motorway giant Welcome Break and they are showing no sign of slowing down. The recent news that Applegreen has raised €175m to help fund its “transformational” purchase of a controlling stake in Welcome Break comes with welcome cheers from those in the company. This is a positive step for ...

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christmas party

Plan your Christmas party right – New Study

One third of NI workplaces have their Christmas party booked by September a new study from Musgrave MarketPlace finds. It might only be September, but when it comes to the work Christmas party, almost one third of Northern Ireland businesses have already booked their work do. New Musgrave MarketPlace study showcases some interesting facts about Christmas parties. A new survey ...

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Exclusive: Electric vehicles impact on forecourts

The rising popularity of electric vehicles has seen the automotive landscape change dramatically. Speaking to both Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs at the AA and the department of communications, climate action and environment in Ireland IF&CR found out exactly where the electric-hype is taking the forecourt industry. The inevitable incorporation of electric vehicles (EVs) into the motoring industry, and ...

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The 2018 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Award Winners

The convenience retailing event of the year was back at the wonderful Clayton on Burlington Road in Dublin on September, 19, and it was the most packed, enjoyed event of its prestigious history. With a star line-up at this year’s conference, including headline speaker Jacob Schram, author of “The Essence of Business” and former president for Europe at Circle K ...

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BWG Group announces the acquisition of Corrib Food Products

BWG Group has announced that it has agreed terms to acquire Corrib Food Products, a long established independent distribution business servicing the food service sector throughout Ireland. The transaction, which will further strengthen the BWG position in the growing +€2bn foodservice sector, is subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Corrib Food Products has annual sales of ...

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Lidl store front

Lidl new look could be coming soon

A trend within the convenience sector that many industry experts have hinted towards is the change in store formats, and Lidl is no exception. You could be forgiven for thinking that this would take a rather long time to implement; however, Lidl have already given us a glimpse of plans for their Dublin outlets. Consumer habits have been changing rapidly ...

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Latest research from HIM showing the future of the forecourt

The latest research from HIM, market leading Research Company in the wholesale, convenience, foodservice, high street and forecourt market, has shown some interesting results. The latest whitepaper for September 2018 from HIM has shown that the behaviours of consumers is evolving quicker than ever within the forecourt convenience bracket. An example of this can be seen between the differences between ...

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Fuel cleaning partnership in pole position

Leighton O’Brien partners with TSG Ireland to deliver market-leading fuel cleaning solutions. Leading fuel analytics and field technologies company Leighton O’Brien has expanded its global fuel cleaning operations into Ireland following an agreement with retail petroleum solutions provider, TSG Ireland. TSG’s fully trained and safety certified technicians will deliver Leighton O’Brien’s patented tank cleaning and fuel restoration technology, supported by ...

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