Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer

Profiles

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 …

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 …