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Booker to make room for Tesco brands

Booker makes room for Tesco brands

Better Retailing is reporting that Booker is delisting value own label products to make way for the addition of Tesco-quality own label in its symbol group stores. The wholesaler’s symbol retailers and unaffiliated customers told RN that ceratin Happy Shopper and Euroshopper own label ranges had been delisted with no substitute since last August.

PayPoint expands

The Grocer reports that PayPoint has revealed that more than 12,000 stores have now converted to its PayPoint One platform. PayPoint One provides an all-in-one retail services platform, delivering cloud-based technology, contactless epos card payments and services such as bill payments.

Co-op seeks retailers for franchise stores

Convenience Store reports that the Co-op has confirmed that it is looking to open a “significant number” of franchise stores with independent retailers. It has launched a new website to sign up prospective franchisees.

Amazon is green for go

The Grocer reports that Amazon has secured retail space in central London as it prepares to open physical stores in the UK. The sites will be devoted to the UK’s first Amazon Go stores where customers are automatically charged for their shopping when they leave.

Strong January sales growth in food stores.

Talking Retail reports that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that January retail sales excluding fuel rose 4.1% year-on-year and by 1.2% month-on-month. In January the quantity bought in food stores returned to the strong growth experienced in the summer months at 3.2%

Vapouriz looks to open more store-within-store vape shops.

The Grocer reports that Surrey vaping supplier Vapouriz is eyeing an expansion of its VapeStore retail arm through a new store-within-a-store concept in the convenience channel. The company opened the first such standalone outlet, taking over 350 sq. ft. in the Londis at Rusdene Services in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

David Gilroy

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