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PayPoint Hard-Exit Could Hurt Convenience

PayPoint is set to leave the Irish market come October, although, even with pre-warning retailers and consumers still face uncertainty. It has been recently announced that PayPoint, the omnichannel payment solution provider, is set to leave the Irish market in October. The real conundrum for it is how will this affect the somewhat 580 retailers and 100,000 customers that use ...

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Proposed Homesbase Outlets to Close in Ireland

The DIY retailer Homebase is set to implement a cost- reduction plan, which will see the potential closure of stores in Limerick, Dublin, Fonthill and Dublin Naas Road. Homebase has been forced, much like other big high-street retailers to enforce a restructuring of their operations throughout the UK and Ireland. This has meant 3 locations throughout the Republic of Ireland ...

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Maxol Swap the Pumps for Apartments

Irish petrol giant Maxol has recently applied for planning permission to build 29 residential units in a key Dublin. Speaking to chief executive, Brian Donaldson, we tried to discover the reason behind the foray into housing, and what this could mean for the Irish market. The decision for Maxol to apply for planning permission to build apartments from an outside ...

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Poundworld Saved by the Hendersons

Dublin based retailers the Hendersons are set to help salvage Poundworld’s store estate from administration. Poundworld was set to close its doors, leaving with it somewhat 6,000 employees across 337 stores. The move has been welcomed by numerous industry workers. The Hendersons, who established a similarly named but unrelated Poundworld chain in the in the Republic of Ireland almost 40 ...

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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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Applegreen Taking a Bite out of the Competition

The recent acquisition of UK motorway giant Welcome Break from well-known Irish forecourt operator Applegreen is an indicator of just how serious they are regarding globalisation of their brand. Agreeing to buy a 55% holding in Welcome Break from NIBC’s European Infrastructure Fund for €361.8m (£322m) Applegreen is showcasing the ambition that they for the future. This move could be ...

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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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