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Maximising Maxol

Newly installed CEO of Maxol, Brian Donaldson, speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about his first two months in the company’s hot seat After a diligent and lengthy service as Chief Operations Officer of leading forecourt brand Maxol, Brian Donaldson has now stepped into the top job. Acting as the right hand man of former CEO Tom Noonan before ...

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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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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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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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Sweet 2016 for Gala

Since the start of 2016, Gala has opened a fleet of new stores. As retailers turn to the brand in growing numbers, IF&CR speaks to CEO Gary Desmond about the recent successes Gala is one of Ireland’s most exciting convenience retailers. A completely Irish-owned operation, it prides itself on reliable structures and powerful communication. The brand surged in popularity toward ...

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Business as usual – Topaz’s Jonathon Diver speaks to IF&CR

Following a strong year, network director at Topaz Energy Group Limited, Jonathon Diver, speaks to IF&CR during a period of radical change for the fuel retailer “Will we continue our expansion strategy? Absolutely,” a strident Jonathon Diver told IF&CR during our recent interview. “There’s to be no change in that regard. Over the last 12 months we’ve added a number ...

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