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Getting to know the millennial shopper

Shoppers at either end of the generation spectrum hold some of the most exciting opportunities. Elyse Charvin from him! introduces us to the millenial shopper. Amongst younger shoppers, there is room to increase how much they spend. Millennials, for example, are very valuable as they are frequent visitors. In Ireland 85% are likely to visit a c-store at least once a ...

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Ambition driving the Barry Group

The Barry Group has achieved great things over the past 12 months, but their ambitions don’t end there. MD Jim Barry talks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about his goals for 2017 The Barry Group is one of the leading wholesale groups in Ireland, with almost 300 Costcutter, Carry Out, and Quik Pick franchises under its considerable umbrella. The ...

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Amber continues award-winning growth

The Amber network continues to expand as its outstanding Fermoy site picks up a prestigious Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Award. Amber was established in Fermoy in 1980 by the Fitzgerald family who identified a gap in the Irish market for a fuel discounter. Since that time, the company – one of the largest fuel retailers in Munster – has ...

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Londis ready to face next 60 years

Londis sales director Conor Hayes speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about the brand’s €8M investment in its network   Following its high-profile step under the BWG umbrella last year, convenience network Londis sprang into action in early 2016. Not satisfied with being instrumental in the first-half operating profit surge of its parent company, it launched an €8 million ...

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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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Still on Top – Gerard Boylan speaks to IF&CR

While the brand is one of the most recognisable in Ireland, Top Oil seems to have a strategically considered approach to market growth. Not only did Top Oil purchase Ashbourne Oil in the North East in August last year, but this January they announced significant plans to buy the retail trading business of service station company Sirio Retail Operations in ...

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Maxol at the Heart of it in Dundalk

The Maxol Team speaks to IF&CR about the company’s latest forecourt opposite Dundalk’s Institute of Technology Most readers of this magazine would hardly need a lesson on the importance of location, but Maxol seem to have turned the skill into an art form. The latest addition is example of location insight at its best. Speaking to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience ...

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