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Sainsbury’s launches new Argos Click & Collect service in convenience stores

Sainsbury’s has announced that it is launching an Argos Click & Collect service in 100 Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores nationwide. The initiative is due to be complete by the end of 2017. It will enable customers to order Argos products and ... 
30 August 2017

Home Hardware holds Meet the Buyer day

BHETA and GIMA have confirmed a Meet the Buyer event on Tuesday, 17 October at a hotel in or near to Barnstaple with Home Hardware South West.Home Hardware has over 450 retail members including independent hardware retailers, homewares and cook ... 
30 August 2017

Housewares ‘Oscars’ reflects abundance of talent

With just over a month until this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards, which is co-hosted by Progressive Housewares and bira, tensions are building to see who will be named as bira-Cookshop and Housewares Retailer of the Year.In the running for ... 
30 August 2017

Dunelm chief executive moves on

Dunelm Group plc’s chief executive John Browett is stepping down for personal reasons with immediate effect."We will immediately start a search for John's replacement and in the meantime I will provide interim executive leadership supported by our ... 
30 August 2017

TK Maxx to open in Leamington

Hot on the heels of opening its new store at Loughton last week, TK Maxx is opening one at Leamington Shopping Park, known formerly as The Shires, creating up to 42 new jobs. TK Maxx offers big labels and designer fashion and homeware items at up to ... 
29 August 2017

Retail parks lead in a slow July

Covering the four weeks from 2 to 29 July, 2017, footfall in July fell -1.1% against the previous year while high streets (-2.1%) and shopping centres (-1.3%) showed a decline, and retail parks (1.7%) saw growth. It was the fourth consecutive month ... 
25 August 2017

New Café Bar to open at Squire’s in Shepperton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has unveiled plans to open a new Café Bar in early October.It will have new Raffles style décor, flooring, seating and lighting. There will be distinct seating areas to choose from including the main Café Bar, a ... 
25 August 2017

New Bunnings Warehouse to create 25 jobs in Harlow, Essex

Home improvement and garden retailer, Bunnings Warehouse, has announced plans to open a new store in Harlow later this year, creating more than 25 new full and part-time jobs.Bunnings, retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in ... 
25 August 2017

Online sales increase against some poor in-store results

Recent figures have revealed that bad weather and continued economy uncertainty has hit summer sales. Not only this, but shoppers have been heading online to seek out better discounts and deals.The IMRG Capgemini Sales Index for August shows that UK ... 
25 August 2017

Trago Mills opens £3.5 million Build Centre

The eagerly-awaited new £3.5m ‘Build Centre’ opened at Trago’s landmark Newton Abbot site last month.The Trago Build Centre is a purpose-built stand-alone retail facility, adjacent to the main store and comprises 2,088 square meters (22,475 square ... 
24 August 2017

Asda parent introduces voice-shopping technology

US retailer Walmart is teaming up with Google to enter the voice-shopping market, which is currently dominated by pure-play giant Amazon. From September, consumers in the US will be able to buy Walmart products using a voice-activated Google ... 
23 August 2017

Petersham Nurseries opens second site in Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries has opened its doors on King Street in Covent Garden, bringing nature and elegance to the heart of London with a lifestyle, home and garden shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist; two restaurants and a bar will follow.... 
22 August 2017

Akzo works to ‘normalise’ its relationship with shareholders

Akzo works to ‘normalise’ its relationship with shareholders. Dulux parent, Akzo Nobel announced it has had a recent “constructive dialogue” with affiliates of Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (collectively "Elliott") and reached an agreement with the ... 
22 August 2017

Eight of top 10 top garden centres say no to bee-harming pesticides

Eight of the top 10 leading garden retailers and garden centres don’t want the flowering plants they sell to be grown with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides and have told suppliers not to use them, a Friends of the Earth survey reveals today. ... 
22 August 2017

Glee boasts “strongest pet contingent for many years”

Garden retailers and pet buyers will be spoilt for choice, says the show’s organisers, with a host of UK and international exhibitors lined up for Glee 2017, along with a newly-launched Buyer Connect event and news that the Petquip Business Village ... 
21 August 2017

Travis Perkins uses Google Cloud to improve customer experience

Travis Perkins, building materials supplier to construction and home improvement supply stores such as Wickes and Benchmarx, is utilising Talend and Google Cloud Platform to increase data quality, consistency and business agility across multiple ... 
21 August 2017

Johnson’s Ironmongers closes

Johnson’s Ironmongers in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, has closed down. Philip Johnson, who was the fourth generation of the Johnson family to run the shop, had owned the business since 1952, but died in January at the age of 88, and the family decided ... 
17 August 2017

Screwfix powers ahead in Q2, while B&Q sales hit by seasonal losses

Kingfisher’s results for the second quarter revealed like-for-like sales up 10.8% at Screwfix, boosted by new stores and digital capabilities, while B&Q revenues were impacted by store closures and a dip in seasonal sales.Total sales for ... 
17 August 2017

‘Repositioning of business’ hits Bunnings pre-tax profits

Bunnings reported a £54 million ($89 million) loss before interest and tax for its first full financial year of trading its UK and Ireland business since the acquisition of Homebase, as the retailer counts the cost of new store openings and walking ... 
17 August 2017

Ideabright Ltd in administration

Hardware retailer and parent company of Dibranto, Posh Rosh, and Clean Up brands has appointed administrators this week after struggling with “very tough trading”, the company says.Ideabright, which has its head office in Chessington Surrey, ... 
16 August 2017
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