Major forecourt retailers join Londis

The Musgrave Group, partner to entrepreneurial food retailers in UK, Ireland and Spain, announced today that growing numbers of major forecourt retailers are joining its Londis brand in Britain, which continues to strengthen its offer to its retail partners and the communities they serve.

Key multiple account operators that have partnered with Londis so far in 2009 include:

  • Penny Petroleum & Top Spot Services Group – nine forecourts in NE England
  • Simon Smith Group – four forecourt sites in SW England
  • Symonds Group – four forecourt sites in SW England

Penny Petroleum & Top Spot Services Group started trading under the Londis fascia in March 2009 and now has nine stores, including two newly acquired sites at Morpeth in Northumberland and Leeming Bar Services in North Yorkshire.  

Simon Smith Group now has four Londis forecourt stores in SW England. Susie Hawkins, partner in the 33 year-old group, says: “Londis brings a wealth of store development expertise that complements our business and the competitive pricing helps us to drive our business forward in these challenging times.

Family-owned business Brobot Petroleum, the forecourt retailer with 21 sites in Nottinghamshire, confirmed Londis as its long term retail partner earlier this year.

Also, Petrogas, which currently trades with seven sites in the Londis family, has confirmed five additional sites that will also trade as Londis.

Says Michael O’Loughlin, Managing Director of Petrogas Group UK: “I have many reasons for partnering with Musgrave and the Londis brand, but the main benefits for a young growing network like mine is their flexibility in dealing with short notice deadlines, the quality and variety of their promotions cycle and also the ability to contact their people whenever I need to.”

We are delighted that these major operators have chosen to partner with Londis,” says Phil Smith, Managing Director Londis “These are challenging economic times and we will continue to strengthen our offer to Londis retailers, expanding our own brand lines and delivering outstanding offers and quality to Londis customers.

The essence of the Londis is ‘all you need for every day living’. All 1,861 Londis stores are owned by entrepreneurial food retailers. In 2008 Londis retailers achieved combined sales of £1.3 billion, up 0.7 per cent. Musgrave retail partners operating the nine retail brands we support across Republic of Ireland, UK and Spain delivered combined turnover of €7.1 billion, up 6 per cent on the previous year.

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Supporting Budgens store development

As the economic climate continues to challenge businesses, Budgens has introduced a range of innovations designed to save money and help retailers improve their offer to local communities. Store development plays an important part in these developments.

Store development is an integral part of our focus on developing our brands and putting our retail partners at the heart of all that we do,” said Jemima Bird, Budgens Marketing Director.“The team has worked closely with manufacturers and suppliers to get the best in class products whilst giving our retail partners unrivalled opportunities for cost savings on the optimal equipment available.

Through competitive tendering; improved negotiations and collective buying; focus on regional contractors; the introduction of a web based management system and the utilisation of energy saving materials, Budgens has refreshed the whole store development process. This includes:

  • Refrigeration – specifications for cabinet refrigeration are now set at the highest possible benchmark. A complete review of the supplier base model has also been carried out and equipment ranked upon whole life cost projections, energy efficiency and capital investment, resulting in a cost per unit decrease of almost 30 per cent.
  • Lighting –  By embracing the latest technology we believe that we now have the most energy efficient lighting on offer, with a guide price saving of 25 per cent on annual running costs. Our supplier partner, iGuzzini, also achieves cost savings of approximately 35 per cent.
  • Counters – Injection moulding and bonding reduce set up costs. Environmental considerations have been made at all stages with a 90 per cent reduction of landfill waste and all sheet materials obtained from renewable sources.
  • Fascias/imagery – Through value engineering and innovation we have designed state of the art one piece flexible fascias with energy saving LED back lights. These new products are lighter, recyclable, drive down refit costs and offer savings of 30 per cent.

The essence of the Budgens brand is Real food for today’s communities. All 183 Budgens stores are now in the hands of independent entrepreneurs working at the heart of local communities. In 2008, retail sales in independent Budgens stores grew by 44.5 per cent to £503 million. Musgrave retail partners operating the nine retail brands we support across Republic of Ireland, UK and Spain delivered combined turnover of €7.1 billion, up 6 per cent on the previous year.

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Musgrave retail partners demonstrate long term commitment to the health and wellbeing of Irish school children

Supervalu and Centra stores make a real impact on the health and well being of the nation’s school children through a long term commitment to the promotion of healthy eating and health education.

SuperValu and Centra stores are finding myriad ways of implementing health and well being initiatives – from SuperValu’s nationwide Schools in Action campaign, to Centra’s summer holiday rugby camps in Connacht.

Chris Martin, Musgrave Group CEO said, “At the heart of our commitment to health and well being is the continuing development of our own-brand range, where in addition to outstanding value we focus on the best ingredients, high nutritional values and clear labelling. But this is only part of the story. Our retail partners take the healthy eating message out in the community, working with schools, sports clubs and healthy eating experts, helping consumers to make healthy choices, every day.

SuperValu’s Kids in Action, launched in 2006, has so far provided over €3.5 million worth of sports equipment to schools in Ireland. As well as encouraging children to get involved in sport and active play, Kids in Action also provides education on the importance of a balanced diet.

Children at participating schools have enjoyed visits by a nutritionist, engaging them in discussions around healthy food options, and the programme encourages the purchase of fruit and vegetables in SuperValu stores through the promise of double vouchers.

The Kids in Action programme is aimed at children aged between five and twelve years and has the support of both the Irish Sports Council and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.

Donal Horgan, Managing Director, SuperValu said, “SuperValu is delighted to be able to give a little back to the community and help encourage a healthy lifestyle for primary school children.”

Centra continues to sponsor rugby camps at Connacht during the summer holidays to provide a healthy form of entertainment for boys and girls aged 6 to 13. Coached by fully accredited IRFU coaches, it’s a great way to develop skills while keeping fit.

Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, has supported the work of local Rathbarry National School in their development of a health promotion programme. Scally’s supplied organic produce and food tasting for everyone attending the schools special event in June and Stephen Baker, SuperValu Chef, inspired the audience with healthy lunch box ideas.

Since 2003, Centra has sponsored Action Cancer’s health promotion programme for secondary schools and colleges to advance the charity’s health promotion service for young people in NI.

Supported by Centra independent retailers across the region, the initiative runs popular ‘boxercise’ classes, as well as promoting messages on healthy eating, the dangers of smoking and alcohol, and cancer detection. Over the past six years almost £500,000 of funding from Centra has helped the local charity bring Health Action to over 150,000 young people.

These are just a few of the ways in which Musgrave brands are putting policy into action for the benefit of Irish youngsters. New initiatives are introduced every year but the underlying commitment; the promotion of healthy eating and health education for our children, is a long term policy at the heart of the Musgrave approach.

Supervalu and Centra have made a real impact on the health and well being of the nation’s school children through a long term commitment to the promotion of healthy eating and health education.

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