Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer

Profiles

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 …

Bringing more to the community

ONE of the stated aims of KeyStore More, the new symbol brand developed by JW Filshill, is to help businesses that want to grow. Retailer Rehan Amin, of Wick, …

Forecourt has plenty in the tank

IT’S a busy time at Spar Euro Garages Lomondgate, located on the main road from Glasgow to Balloch, as tourists flock to the shores of Loch Lomond and …

Leading the way over 10 years

Scottish Grocer looks back at the journey Asim and his business has taken, and examines where they – and Scotland’s wholesale industry – are heading next …

Enveloped by success in Maryhill

WHEN ST Georges Post Office and Spar in Maryhill opened its doors four years ago, more than a few locals were taken aback, surprised to discover the new site …

Hitting the sweet spot

IT has been an incredible year for Mandi Duncan. Employed as the Saturday girl at Barassie Day-Today for 17 years, Mandi got the chance to purchase the store …

New to the village

Spar Woodilee is the first convenience store to open its doors in the development of Woodilee Village in Lenzie. For owner Zahid Farooq, it has been a leap …

New directions – Faraz Iqbal, Linktown Local Kirkcaldy

We ask some of Scotland’s young c-store retailers about their businesses and the key issues of the day. Linktown Local in Kirkcaldy has been completely …

Buoyant in the face of TPD2 rules

How do you solve a problem like TPD2? With strict EU legislation on tobacco retailing now in force it’s goodbye to branded and price-marked packs and hello …

Leading the way in quaff sales – Maxwell’s Clarkston

THE doors may only have opened in August of last year, but Maxwell’s Clarkston has already established itself as a veritable Aladdin’s cave of beer and …

Thinking ahead: Ferhan Ashiq

East Lothian retailer Ferhan Ashiq’s new store utilises innovative thinking and new technology to make the most of a small space. Scottish Grocer paid a …

New directions: Harry Singh, Londis of Carstairs Junction

After finishing school aged 18, Harry Singh stepped into the back of his family’s Carstairs Junction store to pore over sales data. Now he’s at the helm of …

Head to the hills

Championing fresh produce, food to go and its partnerships with local butchers and bakers the fifth store for Eros Retail, Greens of Tillicoultry has just …