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JD Sports invests in Gym King 2 days ago

JD Sports has announced a multi-million investment in the Gym King athleisure and performance wear brand. The sportswear retailer has taken a significant minority stake in the business and will look to fast track growth and international expansion, specifically in the US, Europe and Asia where it already has a strong...

Homebase creates 300 new jobs for young people 2 days ago

Homebase is creating 300 jobs for young people across the UK as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme. The scheme aims to give 16 to 24 year olds the chance to learn new skills, gain work experience and build confidence. With recruits joining the scheme both this month and next, Homebase said...

Burberry unveils new store concept 3 days ago

Burberry has opened the first flagship store to feature its new global design concept at No.1 Sloane Street in London’s Knightsbridge. Designed in collaboration with architect Vincenzo De Cotiis, the shop juxtaposes brutalist elements with luxurious materials to create a  modern feel. Display fixtures and plinths are constructed in a variety...

Aldi to donate one million meals to charities over school holidays 3 days ago

Aldi will be donating more than one million meals to people in need during the summer school holiday period. The supermarket’s stores are teaming up with local charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate surplus food, with more than 700,000 meals going to causes that support children. The donation is part of...

Hamleys will take 2,475 sq ft at the recently opened St James Quarter 4 days ago

St James Quarter, the recently opened 1.7 million sq ft city centre retail destination in Edinburgh, has announced the signing of Hamleys, the world’s oldest and largest multinational toy retailer. Set to open in the coming weeks, Hamleys will take 2,475 sq ft at St James Quarter, and will add 10...

Next’s full price sales have exceeded expectations 4 days ago

Next’s full price sales have exceeded expectations in the eleven weeks to 17 July with an increase 18.6% on two years ago. The fashion and homeware retailer’s previous central guidance assumed an uplift of 3%. As a result, Next has increased its full price sales guidance for the rest of the...

Poundland to rollout chilled and frozen food to 200 stores 4 days ago

Poundland is pressing ahead with the rollout of its chilled and frozen food ranges which is set to pass the 200-store mark in the next few weeks. Phase four of the rollout, known internally as Project Diamond Ice, will see a further 37 stores being converted to include new shop-in-shops for...

The prospect of a bidding war for Morrisons has receded 5 days ago

It has been reported by the BBC that the prospect of a bidding war for Morrisons has receded with the withdrawal of one potential suitor. US investment firm Apollo, which was considering making an offer, has now changed its mind. Instead, it wants to join forces with another consortium whose £6.3bn...

Retail footfall edges up by 0.9% last week 5 days ago

New data has revealed that footfall across UK retail destinations edged up 0.9% last week from the previous seven day period. The figures from retail specialist Springboard show that high streets saw an uplift of 3.3% whereas retail parks and shopping centres experienced declines of 0.8% and 2.2% respectively. Diane Wehrle, insights...

Card Factory appoints executive director 5 days ago

Card Factory has appointed Syed Kazmi as executive director of business development. Due to join the business on 23 August, Kazmi will bring a wealth of experience in new markets, franchise and partnerships. Most recently, he worked as international business director with HEMA where he was responsible for expanding the company’s international...

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