Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer


New generation profile: Umar Sher, 1st Stop 2 Shop

We ask some of Scotland’s young c-store retailers about their businesses and the key issues of the day.

SG profile: The Corner Shop, Crossgates

This Fife-based retailer has been on a remarkable journey, opening two stores since 2015.

Awards profile – Bakery Retailer of the Year (Independent Store) 2017

Winner: Giacopazzi’s, Kinross Sponsored

Rising to the occasion

Scotmid Stockbridge sits in the heart of an affluent part of the north of Edinburgh and boasts a steady stream of loyal customers

Coolness as a virtue

In Baillieston, east Glasgow, the selling power of frosty temperatures is well understood by retailer Natalie Lightfoot

Rolling with regulations

Awards profile - Tobacco Retailer of the Year Award. Interview with Akhtar

SG Profile: Broadway Premier

In the face of declining footfall, the award-winning Broadway Premier convenience store in Oxgangs has undergone a tactical mini-makeover.

Grab a slice of success

Awards profile - Innovation Award. Interview with Dan Brown, manager and Joanna Casonato,

40 years of United Wholesale Grocers

Founded by Mohammad Ramzan in 1977, United Wholesale Grocers Ltd began from a grocery store in Maryhill. Over the past four decades, the organisation has grown …

Awards profile – The Dairy Award (Independent Store) 2016

Winner: Spar, Renfrew The Dairy Award (Independent Store) Sponsored by: Müller

SG Profile: Costcutter New Deer

In 2015, the Scottish Government announced the Convenience Store Resource Efficiency Grant. Sandy Matthew, of Costcutter New Deer, was one of those who …

SG Profile: Spar Errol

Retailer Rana Ali has carved himself out a slice of countryside life in the village of Errol in Perthshire after seven years at his shop in Carmyle in Glasgow …

Family store gives heaps of support

Interview with Asif and Abada Akhtar, owners. WHEN Asif and Abada Akhtar aren’t busy running Smeaton Stores in Kirkcaldy they can be found doing just about …

Best Laide plans

SITUATED on the southern shore of Gruinard Bay, around 20 miles west of Ullapool, is the highland village of Laide. With a population of around 120 people, …

Heeding the call

“ONE day, I’ll own that store”. That’s what Lyn Allan, growing up in Fraserburgh, would tell her parents whenever they passed their local shop in the …

New directions

We ask some of Scotland’s young c-store retailers about their businesses and the key issues of the day. Since taking on his father-in-law’s store last …