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Co-op announces growth plans for 2019

Co-op to continue to grow in 2019

Convenience Store online  reports that the Co-op Group has announced plans to open 100 new food stores and revamp 200 existing stores in 2019 as part of a £200m investment programme. Around a third of the new stores will be in London and the southeast. The stores will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, food-to-go, meal ideas and essentials.

Veganuary takes off

Linked In  is reporting that record numbers of Brits have signed up to Veganuary, a month-long pledge not to eat any animal products. Stores such as Waitrose, Pizza Hut and Iceland have expanded their vegan offerings. Greggs has launched a new vegan sausage roll!

Bestway bails out Bargain Booze retailers.

Better Retail (Exclusive by Alex Yau)  is reporting that Bargain Booze franchisees have claimed that many were “saved” from bankruptcy by Bestway after the wholesaler helped them clear up to £34 million of debts owed to the bust wholesaler Conviviality.

Retailers invited to buy post offices

Retail News  is reporting that the National Federation of Subpostmasters (NFSP) has recruited 15 retailers to run post offices through its “Buy a Post Office” service. Retailers who use this service (launched in August 2018) are provided with details of subpostmasters who are selling their post offices. They are then given advice on how to successfully put forward a case for taking over a vacant site.

MPs advise against an energy drinks ban

Convenience Store  reports that an influential group of MPs has published findings of its inquiry into sales of energy drinks to under-16s. It concludes that there is insufficient evidence for a blanket age restriction on the products.

PM urged to act on unregulated e-liquids

Convenience Store  reports that MPs are calling for the government to look again at the regulatory framework governing vaping in a bid to stem the flow of potentially harmful nicotine flavor e-liquids into the UK market.

David Gilroy 

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