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Fierce competition

Recent figures from Kantar are indicative that the market is strong but that competition is rife. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending May 20, 2018, indicate that competition is rife in the grocery market in Ireland as Tesco takes the top spot for the first time since 2015. The gap between the top three ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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Ireland's Convenience Retailer Summit

Book your spot at Ireland’s leading retail conference today

Inspiring speaker line-up announced for the most prestigious retailing conference in Ireland. As excitement builds for the biggest retail event of the year, we are thrilled to be able to announce the range of spectacular speakers for the annual Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit hosted by Ivan Yates, broadcaster and well-known pundit. This year the theme is ‘Going for Growth in ...

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Coming out on top in Cavan

Padraig Rudden, owner of Costcutter Rudden’s Service Station tells IF&CR why Top Oil is the only network for him. The site on the popular Railway Road in Cavan had been trading for thirty years and in October of last year went under an extensive redevelopment, switching to Costcutter and adding a host of new facilities. Despite feeling the need for ...

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Baking up a new site in Maynooth

Eurospar retailer Luke Creighan opens the latest The Natural Bakery Store in Manor Mills Shopping Centre. Ireland’s largest independent bakery chain, The Natural Bakery opened the doors to its 13th shop this month in Maynooth creating 10 new jobs. While the majority of The Natural Bakery sites are in Dublin, this will be the retailer’s second shop in Kildare. The ...

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Jacob Schram

The essence of business

As Circle K begins rebranding all Topaz sites in Ireland, Group President Europe, Jacob Schram outlines his approach to chasing success in any market. Great leaders are born of a desire to succeed, to make a difference, and in Jacob Schram’s case the passion to create a company culture like no other. For Schram, Group President for Circle K in ...

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Ice cream Ireland

Consumers pay more for local ice cream

A report conducted by Mintel reveals that Irish shoppers are willing to spend more on ice cream if it is made traditionally or has local links. Spring has finally sprung in Ireland and as we prepare for the [somewhat] warmer months, retailers are prepped and ready to stock up on supplies of ice cream and chilled desserts. Sales in this ...

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Bank of Ireland

Retail investment on track for 2018

According to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience this year will be a strong one for Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector Figures suggest Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector is due a positive year ahead, according to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience, Owen Clifford. “Investment generally has picked up over the past couple of ...

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Topaz is turning full Circle-K in 2018

Senior director for retail sales and dealer operations at Topaz (Circle-K Ireland) Jonathan Diver looks back on a successful year for the brand and ahead to big changes and ambitious plans in 2018. With over 420 sites throughout Ireland, including 260 operated by independent dealer partners, Topaz’s Jonathan Diver has seen many changes in the company since he joined 15 ...

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SIMI new vehicle registration figures

Steady start for New Year for car sales

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has issued the official 181 new vehicle registration figures for January along with final quarterly review for 2017. Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer can reveal that car sales figures for the month of January show that 181 registrations are down -4.8% (37,125) compared to January 2017 (39,003). Light Commercials are currently up 6.3% ...

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RGDATA Tara Buckley

Speaking up for retail

2017 was a busy and productive year for Ireland’s longest established trade association, RGDATA. Its director general, Tara Buckley, has been speaking to IFCR… RGDATA made more than 30 submissions to Irish and EU bodies in 2017, presented to four Oireachtas committees and had numerous meetings with ministers, TDs, senators, and government bodies in order to represent the interests of ...

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Maxol

Maxol has big plans for 2018

CEO Brian Donaldson speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer about Maxol’s strategic plan to take the brand to dizzying heights. 2017 was not only an exciting year for the Maxol brand, but also for CEO Brian Donaldson, who in May, celebrated a full year at the helm of the company. Over the past 12 months, Maxol has invested close to €22m ...

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