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  • Crocs of gold: celebrity fans fuel frenzy to buy used ‘ugly clogs’
    Fashion trend sees the plastic shoes dominating the resale market traditionally ruled by trainersOnce named among Time magazine’s 50 worst inventions, Crocs have long been one of those love-them-or-hate -them accessories. But now the plastic clogs are being heralded as the shoes of the summer and are in such high... Read more »
  • Net profit: tackle shop sales soar as UK catches fishing bug in lockdown
    Covid physical-distancing rules also reel in more women to apply for rod licence applicationsSee all our coronavirus coverageRetailers that specialise in fishing tackle are struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of people have taken up angling as a pandemic pastime and a physically distanced way to enjoy the... Read more »
  • Debenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the cost
    Venerable department store chain closes its doors as other retailers struggle to survive on the high street ‘It leaves a huge hole’: shoppers react to store closuresThere were queues of bargain hunters at the tills at Debenhams in Sheffield but it had the feel of a market hall rather than... Read more »
  • Converting shops to flats ‘could lead to low-quality homes’
    Adapting commercial property will create new homes, but campaigners voice concerns over privacyNew planning laws to make it easier to turn empty shops into flats could result in poor-quality homes with “absolutely no privacy”, campaigners claim.However, a separate rule change should mean an end to tiny “rabbit hutch” flats –... Read more »
  • ‘Debenhams leaves a huge hole’: shoppers and staff react to store closures
    The public view on how the demise of the large department stores will affect towns, what went wrong and who was to blameDebenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the costDebenhams may have been far from its heyday for some time, but the closure of its large... Read more »
  • Harj Dhasee to join Simply Fresh
    Prominent independent retailer Harj Dhasee is to switch his two stores in the Cotswolds to the Simply Fresh brand and will stock Sainsbury’s products as part of the deal struck by the symbol group and the big-four multiple last year. The stores, which previously operated under the Nisa banner, will... Read more »
  • James Hall & Co unveils new look Spar store in Preston
    James Hall & Co, Spar wholesaler for the north of England, has launched a new look Spar store in Lostock Hall, Preston. The company reconfigured the former Lansdown Garage site on Brownedge Road, Preston, to allow for a larger Spar store and additional facilities. The 3,000sq ft store features a... Read more »
  • Illegal tobacco seized in Kent
    Kent County Council Trading Standards officers, with the support of Kent Police and immigrations teams, have targeted illicit tobacco sellers in Margate and Ramsgate. Operation CeCe – a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC to tackle illegal tobacco – revisited premises previously identified as selling illicit tobacco were... Read more »
  • Mars Wrigley launches football on-pack promotion
    Mars Wrigley is kicking off an on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win football prizes. The “Win2Gether” promotion is running until 12 August across packs of Mars, Revels, M&M’S, Galaxy Minstrels, Maltesers, Twix, Galaxy Ripple, Snickers, Starburst and Skittles. Shoppers can enter via win2getherpromo.com to win prizes including a... Read more »
  • Store Retail Group to open new outlet in Manchester’s Kampus neighbourhood
    Retailer Mital Morar is set to open a new store in the Kampus garden neighbourhood in Manchester. The 4,500sq ft Kampus General Store will feature independent, artisan food and drink sitting alongside daily essentials. A regular series of local collaborators will showcase new produce with a focus on local specialists... Read more »
  • Former postmasters cleared in Horizon IT case
    Two former postmasters have been formally acquitted at Southwark Crown Court today (14 May 2021) in uncontested appeals in the Horizon IT case. The cases from 2001 and 2006, which were referred to the court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in January 2021, relate to convictions in magistrates’ courts... Read more »
  • Barratt Liquorice gets refreshed design
    Valeo Snack Foods is set to launch a new design for its Barratt Liquorice Novelties. The re-fresh will roll out to convenience stores from August and include a new tapered box shape, which has enabled the company to reduce the plastic content by 89%. The 400g box contains and assortment... Read more »
  • Grocery delivery service Grocemania expands
    Grocery delivery service Grocemania has launched in Leeds. The company, which offers delivery within as little as an hour, currently works Nisa, Costcutter, Londis, and Spar stores located in BP petrol stations. The app, which launched in February 2019, is already operational in London, Bristol, Brighton, and has recently launched... Read more »
  • Lucozade gears up for summer of sport with £2.5m campaign
    Lucozade is kicking off an advertising campaign in preparation for a “massive summer of sport”. The campaign is running throughout the summer across TV, social media, digital platforms and in-store marketing, and includes a text-to-win competition for consumers to win a limited edition Lucozade Sport football, running across Lucozade Sport... Read more »
  • Nisa partners launch baby event
    Nisa partners across the country have introduced a range of offers on staple baby items. The Best Baby Buys event kicked off on 12 May and will run in stores for three weeks. Among the deals available are Huggies Pull-ups at £4.50, Pampers Baby-Dry Taped Pants at £5, DryNites Bed... Read more »

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  • Disney Cruella takeover at M-A-C on Carnaby Street
    Shaftesbury announces the launch of a one-off installation at the M·A·C global flagship store on Carnaby Street to celebrate the forthcoming collection; The Disney Cruella Collection by M·A·C. The unique installation will include an exterior wrap of the store, bathed in Cruella’s style, and the store interior will be transformed... Read more »
  • Macy’s Flower Show Presents Give. Love. Bloom.
    Dazzling blooms and stunning floral landscapes take root as the Macy’s Flower Show® brings a floral celebration of fortitude to Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square in New York. Give. Love. Bloom. will enchant floral aficionados as they explore over-the-top gardens both inside the flagship’s main floor, balcony level and famed... Read more »
  • Gunwharf Quays welcomes regional debut outlet store for Ghost London
    Landsec has announced that iconic British womenswear brand, Ghost London, has launched a new 1,624 sq ft unit at Gunwharf Quays, the brand’s first outlet store in the region. Located between global fashion retailers Belstaff and Calvin Klein, the Ghost London Gunwharf Quays outlet features the brand’s trademark contemporary vintage... Read more »
  • Retail Sales Consultant Tip: Words That Sell To Different Personalities
    When I was selling cowboy clothes at South Coast Plaza the (then) world’s highest-grossing mall per square foot, I noticed an employee trying to sell a pair of expensive boots to a woman.... Read more »
  • Malls and Shoppers Are Back In Droves
    Don’t look now, pundits, but those dire predictions of the collapse of malls are crumbling.... Read more »

  • Manchester Arndale welcomes Therapie Clinic
      Therapie Clinic has signed a 10-year lease on a 4,157 sq ft unit which is set to open in June Manchester Arndale has announced Therapie Clinic will join its line-up – opening its doors in June. Therapie Clinic is one of the fastest growing aesthetic medical clinics in Europe.... Read more »
  • VIA Outlets reopens entire 11-centre portfolio
    VIA Outlets has moved quickly to reopen all centres in its 11-strong portfolio, with Zweibrücken Fashion Outlet in Germany the final centre reopening its doors today. With the exception of Hede Fashion Outlet in Gothenburg, all of VIA Outlets’ centres have been partially or completely closed for the majority of... Read more »
  • The Entertainer extends its Autism Friendly Quiet Hour
    With the national lockdown having lifted, the UK high street is starting to thrive once again. Whilst it’s exciting for many that our favourite shops are now back open, others find the increased number of people, lights and sounds overwhelming and stressful. Family-owned high street toy retailer The Entertainer, has... Read more »
  • Hawley Wharf Camden hits perfect 10 with latest F&B signings
    London property investment company, LabTech, has announced the signing of 10 F&B brands covering over 5,000 sq ft at Hawley Wharf Camden. Following the announcements of a 6,000 sq ft Curzon cinema and 1,175 sq ft eco-conscious hairdresser’s from Butchers Salon, this represents the first group of F&B-focused signings at Hawley Wharf Camden,... Read more »
  • 7 Hurricane Preparedness Tips Retailers Should Know
    Hurricane season officially begins June 1, 2021, and experts are predicting an active season in North America. The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project is forecasting 17 named storms, compared to a 30-year average of 14.4 named storms. The 2021 predictions include eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes (with winds... Read more »
  • The Works weakened, not crippled, by COVID-19, says GlobalData
    Following today’s release of The Works figures for FY2020/21 (pre-close); Georgina Sreeves, retail analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view: “The Works lost almost one-fifth of its previous-year sales in FY2020/21; this is moderate considering its entire store estate was closed for 16 weeks of... Read more »
  • Lidl launches new British Craft Beer Festival including Banana Bread and Bubblegum Beers
    Lidl is celebrating the best of British brewers with its spring British Craft Beer Festival 2021, with prices starting from £1.29. This latest collection features 20 beers sourced from new and exclusive breweries located all over the UK, from Dundee in Scotland to Wales and North & South of England,... Read more »
  • London Fashion Week provisional line-up revealed
    Drapers London Fashion Week provisional line-up revealed The British Fashion Council (BFC) has confirmed that London Fashion Week will be a digital-first event. The post London Fashion Week provisional line-up revealed appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • Celtic & Co poaches Frugi’s online boss
    Drapers Celtic & Co poaches Frugi’s online boss Cornish brand Celtic & Co has appointed James Williams as its new managing director, Drapers can reveal. The post Celtic & Co poaches Frugi’s online boss appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • Petco Launches Retail Media Network
    Petco has partnered with retail media platform CitrusAd to offer its vendors digital advertising opportunities across its ecommerce, desktop and mobile platforms. Using the CitrusAd platform, Petco’s vendors will now have the ability to launch sponsored product and display media campaigns to increase sales and reach new customers. Participation is... Read more »
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Hires JCPenney Veteran to Oversee Home Categories
    Bed Bath & Beyond has named Stacey Shively as SVP and General Merchandise Manager for Home, effective May 17, 2021. She will be responsible for accelerating the company’s merchandising plans in categories including bed, bath, seasonal, décor, kitchen, dining, organization, electrics and general merchandise as part of its three-year transformation... Read more »
  • Apollo Sells Smart & Final to Bodega Latina for $620M
    Bodega Latina — a subsidiary of Grupo Comercial Chedraui (GCC) — has agreed to acquire grocery chain Smart & Final from funds managed by Apollo Global Management for approximately $620 million. Smart & Final is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The small-format warehouse chain operates more than 250 stores... Read more »
  • Independence referendum would be ‘ruination’ of Scotland, say retailers 
    Drapers Independence referendum would be ‘ruination’ of Scotland, say retailers  Fashion retailers north of the border have called for the recovery from Covid-19 to take precedence over a second referendum on Scottish independence. The post Independence referendum would be ‘ruination’ of Scotland, say retailers  appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • New emission rules deal fresh blow to London retail
    Drapers New emission rules deal fresh blow to London retail London-based fashion independents have said the planned expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone will add an unnecessary hurdle to their businesses, as they focus on recovering from the pandemic. The post New emission rules deal fresh blow to London... Read more »
  • Webinar: How to make £1m of sales in 60 minutes
    Drapers Webinar: How to make £1m of sales in 60 minutes Register for this upcoming free webinar, which will discuss top tips for powering online sales, featuring insight from fast-growth business Lounge Underwear's chief marketing officer. The post Webinar: How to make £1m of sales in 60 minutes appeared first... Read more »