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The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is encouraging retailers to get involved with safety initiatives to support colleagues and customers in the winter months. 

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has raised concerns over store closures if local shops do not receive long-term financial support amid rising energy costs.

Scottish convenience retailer, Eddy’s Food Station, has announced the opening of two new stores, bringing its total count to five stores across the country.

The convenience sector is forecast to see a rise in sales despite economic uncertainty, according to the Local Shop Report 2022. 

Gareth Wynne standing outside his Bargain Booze shop

Gareth Wynne operates five Bargain Booze shops – two in North Wales and three in Cheshire. He’s been in the business for 22 years. Here, he tells Drinks Retailing about changes during lockdown, coping with supply issues and plans for 2022

Quintessential Brands has created a head of convenience role, as it looks to grow the convenience channel.  

Louise Hoste ACS chair, Spar MD

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has appointed Spar managing director Louise Hoste to the role of chairperson. Hoste will take up the post from November, with independent retailer Ramesh Shingadia continuing in the role of vice chair.

This Nisa Local was founded in 1950 by Arthur Thomas, grandfather of current owner David Thomas. Off-trade sales went up by 20% when Covid hit, driven by a combination of bigger basket spends and new customers. DR spoke to David Thomas to find out more:

Drink Retailing caught up with Mahesh Odedra, who runs the Premier Lake Avenue store in Bury St Edmunds, to find out how the business is navigating through the pandemic:

Wharfedale Premier, Hull

07 February, 2020

This convenience store in Hull has been family run since 1977. Twenty years ago Sam Coldbeck’s husband, Mark, joined the business and it introduced alcohol around that time. They now run the business together as Sam explains:

Londis, Barnes, West London

02 December, 2019

Ten years ago Sonny Saini opened a small store selling high-end grocery products in Barnes, west London, then three years ago he was presented with the opportunity to take on a bigger store just around the corner. He tells DRN more.

The family who ran this convenience store for 24 years decided this year to move the whole set-up into a different unit, while also changing the fascia from Spar to Budgens. Kam Nijjer tells DRN why.

Oscar’s On The Green, Hove

23 September, 2019

The Oscar’s On The Green convenience store in the Hangleton area of Hove has been owned by Neil Patel’s family for 30 years. The area and store have changed considerably over that time. Earlier this year the family extended into the unit next door when the Hartley’s chain went into administration. DRN speaks to Neil Patel to find out more:

This Budgens store enjoys an eclectic customer mix and coordinates stock accordingly. Nathan Kandiah speak to DRN:

Store manager Goran Raven talks about how increasing store space, promoting online and changing suppliers has all helped to increase customer spend:

The Premier convenience store in Orpington, Kent, has been serving its local community for 42 years and sales more than doubled when it extended into the neighbouring unit a few years ago. Manager Anita Nye fleshes out the details:

Mumtaz Ali took on his Edinburgh city centre store nearly 20 years ago and one of the first things he did was to introduce a BWS section. He tells DRN that the sales uplift from introducing alcohol was immediate.

Premier Kenninghall was due to be converted into a hotel until the current team, led by Mike Humphreys, took over. Humphreys saw an opportunity to transform the business and has managed to double turnover since taking on the store in 2011. DRN caught up with him to find out more:

An expansion which enabled drinks to be brought into the main shop and allowed space for a tasting area have helped this family-run store to upsell in wine and premium spirits. 

This Spar forecourt store opened just over two years ago, moving into a unit that was previously occupied by a car showroom. The store was a hit from day one, providing a welcome convenience offering for local residents as well as an easy stopping point for those passing by. DRN speaks to manager, Angela Prescott, to find out more:

Campbell’s of Leyburn has served as a grocery retailer for the area for 150 years. It is a member of Costcutter but is

Ancoats General Store is described as being “no ordinary corner shop”. People can buy everyday and more specialist grocery products but they can also sit in, drink coffee and play board games. Sonya Hook talks to Mital Morar:

Londis Weymouth

19 September, 2018

This store in Weymouth opened nine years ago and has already picked up numerous awards for different areas of retailing. The unit wasn’t a convenience store when the team took it on, so it needed a complete refit. They have also invested substantially in the store over the years. Sonya Hook speaks to Dave Hiscott:

Nisa Local

14 August, 2018

Nearly two years ago this Nisa Local store in Peterborough was given a massive overhaul when the team decided to invest in a major expansion project that involved knocking through into the shop next


16 July, 2018

Holborn’s has been trading in the town of Redhill since 1974 and has undergone several refurbishments over the years. In 2005 owner Dean Holborn took on a second store in South Nutfield. He is now in the process of revamping sections of each store alternately. 

Tweney's Budgens

16 July, 2018

Jerry Tweney spent 10 years working for Guy Warner at the award-winning Warner’s Budgens stores in the Cotswolds. A year ago he decided to go it alone and he took on his own Budgens, Prestbury Village Stores, which has been a runaway success since it opened