Convenience in brief | Asda, Aldi and SGF news

A look at what’s going on across the convenience channel and associated businesses

Asda rolls out Express convenience stores

Asda has opened 21 new Express convenience stores in recent weeks.
Asda has opened 21 new Express convenience stores in recent weeks.

ASDA has expanded on its network of convenience stores, with 21 new openings in the UK.

One of the Asda Express stores opened in Scotland in Clydebank, stocking up to 3,000 branded and own-label products.

Andy Perry, VP of convenience at Asda, said: “We have exciting plans to accelerate the rollout over the next couple of months, with the aim of converting all 470 stores acquired from the Co-op and EG Group to Asda Express before the end of quarter one.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming customers in new locations right across the UK.”

Aldi has £56million expansion plans

DISCOUNTER Aldi is continuing its expansion in Scotland, with plans to invest more than £56million in the next two years.

It is set to open three new stores – in Broughty Ferry, Straiton and Castle Douglas – this year.

The chain has also committed to extend five of its existing stores, including Erskine, Port Glasgow and Alexandria, over the next few years.

Aldi Scotland boss Richard Holloway said: “Whether it’s enhancing our product offerings, maintaining low prices, supporting our teams, or contributing to communities – every investment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to Scotland.”

SGF warning over regulations

Scottish Grocers' Federation chief executive Pete Cheema.
Scottish Grocers’ Federation chief executive Pete Cheema.

THE Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has warned the “rising tide” of regulations could drown thousands of local retail businesses.

The industry body said that these impending restrictions – such as across alcohol products, HFSS food and drink items and vapes – on top of crime and reduced business rates relief could force many retailers to shut up shop permanently.

The SGF’s latest research has shown that the average cost retail crime has on a store amounts to £12,000 per outlet per annum.

Pete Cheema, chief exec at the SGF, said: “We are warning ministers now, this direction of travel will result in stores that are lifelines for their communities turning off the lights for good.

“Our governments have said they want our local businesses and communities to flourish, to promote local living, local produce and local services.

“In reality, they are doing everything they can to sink thousands of essential local businesses across Scotland.”