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    International Report: U.K. Grocer Expanding C-store Business

    Waitrose, described as the premium grocer in the United Kingdom, is building on its successful foray into the convenience business.

    Waitrose, described as the premium grocer in the United Kingdom, is building on its successful foray into the convenience business.

    The chain, which grew sales by 11 percent last year to £4.5 billion, opened its first convenience store in Nottingham, England, in 2008. It opened five additional units last year. In March 2010, Waitrose opened a c-store in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and it plans to open another this summer in Cheam, Surrey. All of these stores are larger convenience outlets ranging from 5,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet in size, according to Insight Global Convenience Store Focus.

    A smaller, 3,000-square-foot convenience store is also in the works, but its location is still a secret, Focus noted.

    The grocer is also teaming with leading U.K. drug chain Boots to sell Waitrose brand products in Boots’ stores, establishing partnerships with Welcome Break and Shell at motorway services and forecourts, and planning new franchised stores in the Middle East.

    For more on Waitrose’s plans, go to http://www.globalcstorefocus.com/1004/1.html.

    Insight Research’s international convenience event, held in association with NACS in London, will take place Sept. 20 through Sept. 24, 2010. The event offers delegates an interactive program featuring cutting-edge European convenience concepts and international executive expertise.

    Now in its 12th year, the event attracted retailers and supplier delegates from 20 countries in 2009. The four-day program comprises store tours, presentations, case studies and panel discussions, plus numerous networking opportunities. For the second year running, the event will include the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award dinner and a Champagne reception on the London Eye.

    The event also provides opportunities for more in-depth discussions with leading European convenience and petroleum retail operations through Insight’s new peer review process.

    For more information, go to http://www.globalcstorefocus.com/1004/4.html.

    SOURCE: Convenience Store News

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