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Costcutter Charleville has the X-factor

Retail area manager for Amber Charleville, Micheal O’Sullivan, sings the praises of the impressive range at the site’s Costcutter to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer It has only been opened since February 2016 but, already, the Costcutter outlet at Amber Charleville has become a star store for the symbol group. Its formidable talents were highlighted on the store’s first birthday ...

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Top of the food chain

Brian Herlihy’s Centra network is reinventing modern convenience, putting food firmly on the table. He speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about his strategy’s success The importance of food service in today’s convenience store will not be lost on regular readers of these pages, but few have pursued the concept as wholeheartedly as the Herlihy group. Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy ...

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Feeding the network – Thomas Ennis on his stunning Spar stores

Thomas Ennis has built an astonishing network of Spar stores, and tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer how he’s embraced his mistakes to create success “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” Dublin playwright George Bernard Shaw’s approach to the art of mistake making still rings true 67 ...

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Freshii founder looks forward to Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit

One of the world’s most recognised food-service entrepreneurs speaks about his forthcoming visit to Ireland as one of the world-class speakers featuring at this year’s Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit. Matthew Corrin, the founder of Freshii and an international star of food-to-go, believes the spirit of entrepreneurship is “alive and well” in Ireland as he plans his return. Speaking to Ireland’s Forecourt ...

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Ibec confident of Irish success despite Brexit

As Ibec CEO Danny McCoy is revealed as one of the top speakers at this September’s Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit, the respected economist provides a no-holds-barred account of the state’s post-Brexit outlook Brexit may be the biggest challenge to face Ireland since the foundation of the state, according to Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, but he has some reasons to be cheerful. ...

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Applegreen ambition still strong

As Applegreen opened its latest motorway monolith on the way to Lisburn, Joe Barrett told Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer the company is not short on ambition Applegreen’s 2016 was huge. Along with adding a wealth of new dealerships, strengthening its hold in England and developing its presence in the US, the company managed to stop the traffic on opening ...

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