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Jamie's Italian - the story so far

25 May 2018 by Dan Sullivan

Recently there has been a considerable decrease in the presence of Italian food restaurants across Great Britain. Store owners have attributed closures to increases in costs and the tough economic climate among other reasons. Bella Italia, Wildwood, ASK Italian, and Frankie & Benny’s have closed eleven locations in the last year alone. One chain in particular that has struggled is Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Jamie’s Italian. The chef’s restaurant has decreased its presence by 19% over the past 3 years down from 47 units to 38 units. From April 2016 to April 2018 Jamie’s Italian closed 15.4% of stores in Greater London, taking them down from 13 units in to 11, 23% of its stores in the South East (13 to 10 units), and 60% of its stores in the South West (5 to 2 units).

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LDC's Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #1 Five Guys

23 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Five Guys is an American burger joint which originated in Virginia DC in 1986, when the Murrell brothers were encouraged by their parents to start a business. As the family grew, so did the business, which resulted in them naming the brand that is known in several corners of the world as ‘Five Guys’ (representing the five Murrell brothers). The unique selling point for Five Guys was the ability for its customers to be able to customise their burger with as many fresh toppings as you could imagine. They also focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and to this day, Five Guys don’t have a single can opener or a freezer in any of their stores worldwide! 

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Who's speaking at LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on 4th June?

22 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Things are getting busy at LDC HQ as we have less than two weeks to go until LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on June 4th.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the evolution of the high street on Reuters' CCTV

16 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Research released in conjunction with PwC last month revealed that openings on Britain's high streets are reducing as the structure, format and offer of our high streets continues to develop. Whilst our high streets are having a tough time, at LDC we think that this is part of an evolution in the way we use our high streets, and through our continuous tracking of activity, we are seeing green shoots of growth for sectors and brands who are willing to innovate and differentiate themselves. Reuters interviewed LDC's Lucy Stainton to find out a bit more about how high streets are faring.

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‘Digital’ - the high street’s biggest adversary, or secret weapon?

10 May 2018 by Lucy Stainton

A review of 3 young tech businesses which are working for, and not against, our high streets.

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Superdrug opens vegan pop-up, CVA for House of Fraser and retailers join the war on plastic

08 May 2018 by LDC's Research Team

I think it's safe to say that April was a month of very mixed fortunes. From freezing winds and snow to an early heat-wave which sent temperatures soaring up to 27 degrees - marking the hottest April temperatures since records began. Much the same can be said for the retail landscape at the moment. It can't be denied that challenges in the market are starting to take its toll on some retailers, however there are still those that are defeating the market conditions, proving that there are stories of opportunity and success out there. Here are our highlights from April:

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Sainsbury’s and Asda – under the bonnet of a potential merger

02 May 2018 by Ronald Nyakairu

This week came the bold announcement of the potential merger between two of the Big 4 supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Asda. On Monday, Sainsbury’s and Asda stepped up to the podium and gave their rationale behind the deal with a presentation to the market, media interviews and the odd sing song (42nd Street is a great show to be fair).

Using LDC’s online location analysis tool (LDO) alongside market share data, we have looked at the potential fall out of the merger to understand what the CMA may have in store for Sainsbury’s and Asda when investigations begin.

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[Infographic] 7 key facts about the Sainsbury's ASDA merger

01 May 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

This weekend, the shock announcement was made that two of the Big 4 supermarkets (Sainsbury's and ASDA) might be joining forces. This merger would mean that together, they would overtake the current market share leader, Tesco. We've put together an infographic with 7 key facts that we think you need to know about the potential deal.

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[Infographic] Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores (2012-2017)

24 April 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

"Across GB the state of the grocery market is one of a changing landscape, with the previously clear divisions between supermarkets, convenience stores and discounters becoming blurred. Convenience stores are becoming more and more like mini-supermarkets with a larger chilled food offer, food-to-go selection and fresh produce. Discounters have made similar moves, opening larger stores with some adding in fashion concession partners to increase their offer to shoppers and the Big 4 supermarkets have seen their market share erode in the last couple of years." Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', March 2018, Report by LDC

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New white paper - A new way to understand your consumer audience

20 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Today we have released a new white paper, written by Relationship Manager Chris Fowler entitled ‘A New Way to Understand Your Consumer Audience’.

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