Primark continues to deliver strong performances from its stores and as such its growth strategy remains wholly wedded to opening more big stores. For a fast fashion business that sells to a young demographic – the digital natives – this is surely highly questionable. This group of shoppers are increasingly choosing to shop online and…

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Fortnum & Mason is the best performing online drinks retailer in the UK for the first time following tests conducted on the top 25 UK drinks retailers for March. The luxury goods retailer hit the top spot, edging out long-standing leader The Whisky Shop, in the ranked table of the top UK drinks retailers’ websites…

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The Name: Curzon Cinemas The Place: Most people think of it as a London-based chain which is not unreasonable with six venues in the capital (including the very-soon-to-open Victoria, SW1 unit) but actually it would really like to show films and sell beer to the rest of the population too so after Stafford, Knutsford and…

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What will the role of the store be in the future? The conclusion in many quarters of the retail industry is that it will involve a much richer personal experience fuelled by lashings of in-store technology. During this transformation the physical space in the store will flex and change to adapt to new channels such…

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Jonathon Brown, chief executive, M+M Direct 1. What is the greatest opportunity for your business? There are opportunities all over the place for us to expand and grow. For example, one we are driving hard is our international roll out strategy. We’re in the UK and four other core markets at present and we’ll be…

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It is proving to be a buoyant time for retail IPOs with massive excitement around the Ao.com and Boohoo flotations. What has most excited investors are the stratospheric valuations placed on these online-only businesses. The multiples attached to them will have also caught the attention of established retailers who must be looking on with serious…

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The Name: Appear Here The Place: Omnipresent in that it lets out retail space all over the country but if you want to be pedantic about it, headquartered in Hoxton, East London and run by a small team of around 10 staff. The story: The founder of Appear Here is so young, it’s not even…

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