MINISO Brings Joy to East London with Westfield Stratford City Grand Store Opening
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by Lee Cullumbine
2d ago
Globally renowned lifestyle retailer, MINISO has announced the opening of its newest store at Westfield Stratford City. Nestled in the heart of Westfield shopping centre, on the lower ground floor near McDonald’s, MINISO will be opening its doors to the public at 12 pm on Friday, 1 March. Spanning just over 2000 sqft, the new store will feature exclusive beauty collections, such as Mad Beauty and the renowned K-Beauty brand TONYMOLY. This opening marks MINISO’s first venture into East London, expanding its presence to seven stores across the city, with this being the second Westfield location ..read more
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New ZARA Store at atria Watford Opens Doors
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by Lee Cullumbine
2d ago
atria Watford, one of the UK’s most popular retail and leisure destinations, owned by property company SGS and asset managed by Global Mutual in conjunction with Savills as property managers, is pleased to announce that ZARA’s upsized store has opened at atria Watford. The newly opened ZARA store is located in a prime position in Charter Place and stocks the brand’s much-loved fashion ranges for women, men and kids. The two-story store represents a significant upsize and spans 43,000 sq ft – over double the size of the brand’s previous unit (18,000 sq ft.) The retailer has signed a 15-year le ..read more
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44% of UK shoppers want best-before date discounts to help cut grocery bills
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by Lee Cullumbine
3d ago
With retailers removing best-before dates to reduce food waste, UK consumers still want supermarkets to offer discounts on goods nearing expiry, according to the latest data from Retail Insight, the leading provider of store operations execution software. With WRAP estimating the UK retail sector was responsible for 200,000 tonnes of food waste last year, supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have already opted to remove best-before dates from fresh fruit and veg in a bid to reduce wasted food.  More recently, other grocers, including Aldi and M&S, have taken a ..read more
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Quintain welcomes Tian Tian Market to Wembley Park & sees footfall surge over Lunar New Year
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by Lee Cullumbine
3d ago
Asian grocery store, Tian Tian Market, which opened in Wembley Park earlier this month (February 2024), has reported a 30% surge in foot traffic over the Lunar New Year weekend, compared to average weekday figures. Tian Tian signed a 15-year lease with Quintain for the 4,268 sq. ft unit and has enjoyed footfall exceeding all expectations for the entire month of February. Located close to BOXPARK Wembley and the National Stadium, since opening, the store has quickly become a popular destination for both locals and visitors. Its emergence as a bustling hub during the festive Lunar New Year peri ..read more
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Pricer and PaperShell in strategic partnership to drive environmental change within the electronics sector
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by Lee Cullumbine
3d ago
Pricer, a global leader of in-store automation and communication solutions, has today announced a strategic partnership with PaperShell, a high performance material innovation, in a move towards including more sustainable materials within Pricer’s Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs). With original research of over 1,000 shoppers by Pricer showing that despite the cost-of-living crisis, 53% of consumers and 66% of Gen Z are now sustainably minded when shopping, meeting customers’ sustained demands for ESG remains a key consideration for retailers. However, a recent study by the Chartered Instit ..read more
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Navigating the World of CBD Vaping: What You Need to Know
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by Ben Green
3d ago
In recent years, CBD vaping has surged in popularity as a means of enjoying the potential health benefits of cannabidiol in a convenient and enjoyable manner. With its rise, however, comes a myriad of questions and considerations for those exploring this alternative wellness option. From understanding the basics of CBD to choosing the right vaping device and dosage, navigating the world of thc vape uk requires a nuanced approach. In this guide, we’ll delve into the essentials you need to know to make informed decisions and maximize your CBD vaping experience. Understanding CBD: First and forem ..read more
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Revitalising the UK High Street: Beyond Commerce to Community Connection
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by Ben Green
3d ago
The high street in the UK stands as more than a mere hub for shopping; it’s a cornerstone of local economies, embodying community, culture, and commerce. Despite facing challenges, the high street’s significance as a community and economic staple is unwavering, symbolising not only a centre for transactions but also a space for communal engagement and belonging. Embracing Innovation and Experience in Retail The digital age has ushered in a need for the high street to evolve, shifting from purely transactional spaces to environments that offer unique, memorable experiences. Retailers are taske ..read more
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Utilising surfaces for innovative interaction
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by Lee Cullumbine
1w ago
In today’s modern, fast-paced world, it is no longer enough for retailers to simply expect consumers to walk in off the high street and begin spending money. Stores need to have some sort of appeal to draw in passers-by and offer them a memorable shopping experience that will leave them wanting more. We see plenty examples of innovation in every issue of Retail Focus, with retailers around the world coming up with many clever ways of making their stores more attractive to the consumer. One of the most common methods is making use of surfaces; areas that were previously not utilised and were ra ..read more
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Sustainable shopping: what options are available to retailers?
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by Lee Cullumbine
1w ago
To put it simply, there is no escaping the subject of sustainability in retail. If you walk up and down the aisles of supermarkets, clothes shops or even furniture stores, you will notice that more brands are shouting about their commitment to protecting the environment, be it via packaging or marketing messages. With brands already doing their part, it is only right, and smart, that retailers follow suit and take similar steps to improve their sustainability. Not only will this reduce their own impact on the planet, but help paint their stores, and indeed wider business, in a more sustainable ..read more
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Adare Manor Launches Brand-New Retail Concept Store Designed by Kim Partridge Interiors
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by Lee Cullumbine
1w ago
Adare Manor, Europe’s most beloved countryside resort debuts a new shopping experience with the launch of a uniquely designed retail Boutique. Showcasing incredible artisans and craftsmanship from Ireland and Europe designers alongside the much-loved Adare Manor products, the new guest experience has been created following the success of the property’s online retail concept and former on-site gift store. The new store, which removed a two-bedroom suite at the resort, has almost tripled the floor area and transformed the boutique, which now stocks curated collections and collaborations with le ..read more
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