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Retail Week Live 2017: a round-up

10 March 2017 by Lucy Stainton

It was a packed 48 hours at Retail Week Live, with a diverse, eclectic mix of speakers making for a very thought-provoking couple of days. Fellow delegates might now be suffering from the same aversion as I am to the words 'artificial intelligence' which has now ousted ‘multi-channel’ as the concept du jour.

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Playing it safe with Safeway: Morrisons bring retro brand back - but only into independent convenience stores

25 November 2016 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that Morrisons will be bringing back the Safeway brand after an 11-year absence from shoppers’ shelves.

Morrisons will produce Safeway branded food products which will be sold wholesale into independent convenience stores across the country from early next year.

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Co-op at the centre of the community - [Portfolio Snapshot]

10 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

This week, the opening of the latest Co-op food store in Vimto Gardens, Salford in Manchester was announced in the news.

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Matthew Hopkinson on Radio 5 Live talking about the saturation of convenience stores across GB

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money show about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why we may be at a saturation point with convenience stores across Great Britain
  • The closure of 132 M Locals
  • How the consumer behaviour of eating out or ordering in becomes a challenge to supermarkets and convenience
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Infographic - Convenience Stores Report June (2011 - 2015)

17 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by LDC looks at the growth of the Convenience Stores over the last five years (2011 - 2015).

This report looks at the fastest growing convenience stores assessing the fastest growing retailers' convenience store formats and which towns are seeing the most new stores.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC comments: "Whilst supermarkets continued to grow their larger store formats over the last five years it has been their convenience store formats that have been growing at twice the rate of these formats." 

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