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New Chromebook perk gives 50% discount on Stadia Premiere Edition bundle in the UK

Are you a Stadia fan who lives in the United Kingdom? If so, a new Chromebook perk that appears only in your region gives you a 50% discount on the Stadia Premiere Edition bundle! The last time gamers in this region received any sort of deal on the bundle was back in November of this past year, so it's awesome to see Google showing them some love.

If you decide to put out the money for this deal, you'll be spending just around GBP35.45 with free basic shipping. The offer expires on June 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm GMT (unless stock runs out first, of course). This excludes the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Gibraltar.

As a reminder, you'll need to claim this perk from a new or existing Chromebook. Advertisements The bundle comes with a Clearly White Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra in the box.

Once you receive it, you'll be able to claim 31 games with your free 30 day Stadia Pro trial, and if you decide to continue using it thereafter, it only costs GBP8.99 per month. You can find the full updated list of games that come with a Pro subscription below, including the four new titles added for May. For Star Wars Day on May 4th, Google even added Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the lineup, and I have to say that's just something I didn't expect!

  • AVICII Invector
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Crayta
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Everspace
  • Figment
  • Floor Kids
  • Gunsport
  • Hitman: Complete First Season
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Jotun
  • Journey to the Savage Planet: Employee of the Month Edition
  • Lara Croft: Temple of Osiris
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Orcs Must Die 3
  • PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle
  • PIKUNIKU
  • PUBG
  • PixelJunk Raiders
  • Reigns
  • Republique
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
  • Submerged: Hidden Depths
  • Sundered: Eldritch Edition
  • Trine 4 - The Nightmare Prince
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

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How UK discount is evolving: online, convenience, new players

With COVID-19 impacting the way people shop, each channel has had to adapt to satisfy changing shopper needs. The discount channel has had a mixed experience dealing with these changes throughout the pandemic. Sales have been negatively impacted due to shoppers using fewer channels and avoiding smaller stores.

For the variety discounters, such as Poundland, they have also had challenges including temporary store closures due to reduced footfall. Across the channel, there has also been the wider question over how to respond to the rising demand for online. In this article we look at how the discount channel is evolving due to the changing trading environment.

Variety discounters Poundland and B&M looking to develop their online proposition

We have seen a mixed response to the rise in demand for online services in the discount channel.

With Lidl remaining firmly committed to its store-first strategy and Aldi dipping its toe into ecommerce with the launch of its click and collect service. Now we are seeing a response from the variety discounters; Poundland has launched a trial home delivery service in Ireland.

It will initially be available to 18,000 staff and selected guests. There will be a limited range of products of around 2,000 available, including food and general merchandise. This follows the retailer closing one of its stores in the UK (Cannock), to convert it to an online fulfilment centre.

Poundland has said it will begin trialling online delivery in the UK in 2021. B&M has appointed Jens Sorensen as a new digital director. His previous position was as The Range's chief digital and omnichannel officer.

Although B&M has not commented on what his role will be, or whether they are moving into e-commerce, his appointment suggests the retailer may be focusing more online in the future. In France, the retailer launched a click and collect service in 2020 and it is likely it will be looking to this market for learnings in the future. For subscribers looking for more insight, check out our How will discounters respond to online?

Aldi and Poundland trademark convenience formats 

We are increasingly seeing the discounters adapting their propositions to suit smaller locations, for example the launch of Aldi Local in 2019.

Further developments are potentially on the horizon as we see retailers trademarking new format names; Aldi has trademarked 'Shop & Go' with the Intellectual Property Office. This is likely to be linked to a new checkout-free solution, such as a pay-and-go app, as this requires less investment from the retailer than a new store format or self-scanning technology.

To find out more about potential technology innovation at Aldi, read our Aldi explores checkout-free solutions article. Poundland has applied to trademark 'Poundland Local' and 'Poundland Go!', pointing to its latest plans for new convenience store formats. Poundland Local is to apply to stores in small towns and close to urban neighbourhoods, while Poundland Go! is for a new convenience format near transport hubs.

The retailer first announced it would be segmenting its store estate in July last year. As part of the process of revamping its existing estate and opening new stores, it will be splitting its stores into three format categories:

  1. Destination stores offering the full range of products including food, homeware, health and beauty and clothing
  2. Core stores offering a wide range of products on high streets
  3. Convenience stores offering "grab and go" easy shopping

Poundland has also recently added its new chilled and frozen range to 46 stores, bringing its total stores carrying the range to 175. The plans is to roll it out to over 500 stores.

It also opened its 350th Pepco shop-in-shop this month. Both of these additions to the stores show the retailer is looking to satisfy different, wider missions, giving shoppers more reasons to visit. For subscribers looking for more insight on the convenience channel, check out our three part series on how you can grow in the convenience channel.

New players: Mere and JFT Central

Two new value retailers look set to open in the near future, adding more competition to an already competitive sector;

Russian retailer Mere aims to open four stores in the UK. Svetofor is a Russian discounter that has 3,200 stores worldwide. The company expanded to Europe in 2018, operating under the name Mere.

It will open its first store in the UK by the summer in a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. The other stores will open in Wales and Yorkshire. Following this, the retailer is said to be looking for future expansion across the UK.

The retailer claims to be 30% cheaper than Aldi and Lidl and operates a hard discount model with no marketing, and few staff. Stores will have around 1,200 SKUs. JFT Mega Discount Warehouse is opening a new format. It currently has 12 outlets on retail parks in the Midlands and the north of England.

The warehouse and online business currently sells a wide range of products including food & drink, health & beauty, garden, and DIY products. Customers have to sign up to a free membership scheme to shop in its warehouses. Its new format will be called JFT Central, and it will be another value-based variety store.

The retailer has said it is looking to open at least 50 stores, according to The Times. It will be run by Jeremy Coombes, a corporate financier with experience in lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. He said that the market was full of opportunity because of low-rent deals currently on offer as landlords were desperate to fill empty units.

The first opening is set to be in Hull in a former Mothercare store. We do not currently know the opening date.

Final thoughts

Going forwards the discount retailers will need to find more ways to remain relevant in the changing environment. With retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury's offering price matches to Aldi, the low price differentiator is not as strong as before.

Expect more development in the channel as the retailers look to satisfy the rising demand for online, and different shopping missions. 

Looking for more insight?

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How UK discount is evolving: online, convenience, new players

With COVID-19 impacting the way people shop, each channel has had to adapt to satisfy changing shopper needs. The discount channel has had a mixed experience dealing with these changes throughout the pandemic. Sales have been negatively impacted due to shoppers using fewer channels and avoiding smaller stores.

For the variety discounters, such as Poundland, they have also had challenges including temporary store closures due to reduced footfall. Across the channel, there has also been the wider question over how to respond to the rising demand for online. In this article we look at how the discount channel is evolving due to the changing trading environment.

Variety discounters Poundland and B&M looking to develop their online proposition

We have seen a mixed response to the rise in demand for online services in the discount channel.

With Lidl remaining firmly committed to its store-first strategy and Aldi dipping its toe into ecommerce with the launch of its click and collect service. Now we are seeing a response from the variety discounters; Poundland has launched a trial home delivery service in Ireland.

It will initially be available to 18,000 staff and selected guests. There will be a limited range of products of around 2,000 available, including food and general merchandise. This follows the retailer closing one of its stores in the UK (Cannock), to convert it to an online fulfilment centre.

Poundland has said it will begin trialling online delivery in the UK in 2021. B&M has appointed Jens Sorensen as a new digital director. His previous position was as The Range's chief digital and omnichannel officer.

Although B&M has not commented on what his role will be, or whether they are moving into e-commerce, his appointment suggests the retailer may be focusing more online in the future. In France, the retailer launched a click and collect service in 2020 and it is likely it will be looking to this market for learnings in the future. For subscribers looking for more insight, check out our How will discounters respond to online?

Aldi and Poundland trademark convenience formats 

We are increasingly seeing the discounters adapting their propositions to suit smaller locations, for example the launch of Aldi Local in 2019.

Further developments are potentially on the horizon as we see retailers trademarking new format names; Aldi has trademarked 'Shop & Go' with the Intellectual Property Office. This is likely to be linked to a new checkout-free solution, such as a pay-and-go app, as this requires less investment from the retailer than a new store format or self-scanning technology.

To find out more about potential technology innovation at Aldi, read our Aldi explores checkout-free solutions article. Poundland has applied to trademark 'Poundland Local' and 'Poundland Go!', pointing to its latest plans for new convenience store formats. Poundland Local is to apply to stores in small towns and close to urban neighbourhoods, while Poundland Go! is for a new convenience format near transport hubs.

The retailer first announced it would be segmenting its store estate in July last year. As part of the process of revamping its existing estate and opening new stores, it will be splitting its stores into three format categories:

  1. Destination stores offering the full range of products including food, homeware, health and beauty and clothing
  2. Core stores offering a wide range of products on high streets
  3. Convenience stores offering "grab and go" easy shopping

Poundland has also recently added its new chilled and frozen range to 46 stores, bringing its total stores carrying the range to 175. The plans is to roll it out to over 500 stores.

It also opened its 350th Pepco shop-in-shop this month. Both of these additions to the stores show the retailer is looking to satisfy different, wider missions, giving shoppers more reasons to visit. For subscribers looking for more insight on the convenience channel, check out our three part series on how you can grow in the convenience channel.

New players: Mere and JFT Central

Two new value retailers look set to open in the near future, adding more competition to an already competitive sector;

Russian retailer Mere aims to open four stores in the UK. Svetofor is a Russian discounter that has 3,200 stores worldwide. The company expanded to Europe in 2018, operating under the name Mere.

It will open its first store in the UK by the summer in a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. The other stores will open in Wales and Yorkshire. Following this, the retailer is said to be looking for future expansion across the UK.

The retailer claims to be 30% cheaper than Aldi and Lidl and operates a hard discount model with no marketing, and few staff. Stores will have around 1,200 SKUs. JFT Mega Discount Warehouse is opening a new format. It currently has 12 outlets on retail parks in the Midlands and the north of England.

The warehouse and online business currently sells a wide range of products including food & drink, health & beauty, garden, and DIY products. Customers have to sign up to a free membership scheme to shop in its warehouses. Its new format will be called JFT Central, and it will be another value-based variety store.

The retailer has said it is looking to open at least 50 stores, according to The Times. It will be run by Jeremy Coombes, a corporate financier with experience in lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. He said that the market was full of opportunity because of low-rent deals currently on offer as landlords were desperate to fill empty units.

The first opening is set to be in Hull in a former Mothercare store. We do not currently know the opening date.

Final thoughts

Going forwards the discount retailers will need to find more ways to remain relevant in the changing environment. With retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury's offering price matches to Aldi, the low price differentiator is not as strong as before.

Expect more development in the channel as the retailers look to satisfy the rising demand for online, and different shopping missions. 

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How UK discount is evolving: online, convenience, new players

With COVID-19 impacting the way people shop, each channel has had to adapt to satisfy changing shopper needs. The discount channel has had a mixed experience dealing with these changes throughout the pandemic. Sales have been negatively impacted due to shoppers using fewer channels and avoiding smaller stores.

For the variety discounters, such as Poundland, they have also had challenges including temporary store closures due to reduced footfall. Across the channel, there has also been the wider question over how to respond to the rising demand for online. In this article we look at how the discount channel is evolving due to the changing trading environment.

Variety discounters Poundland and B&M looking to develop their online proposition

We have seen a mixed response to the rise in demand for online services in the discount channel.

With Lidl remaining firmly committed to its store-first strategy and Aldi dipping its toe into ecommerce with the launch of its click and collect service. Now we are seeing a response from the variety discounters; Poundland has launched a trial home delivery service in Ireland.

It will initially be available to 18,000 staff and selected guests. There will be a limited range of products of around 2,000 available, including food and general merchandise. This follows the retailer closing one of its stores in the UK (Cannock), to convert it to an online fulfilment centre.

Poundland has said it will begin trialling online delivery in the UK in 2021. B&M has appointed Jens Sorensen as a new digital director. His previous position was as The Range's chief digital and omnichannel officer.

Although B&M has not commented on what his role will be, or whether they are moving into e-commerce, his appointment suggests the retailer may be focusing more online in the future. In France, the retailer launched a click and collect service in 2020 and it is likely it will be looking to this market for learnings in the future. For subscribers looking for more insight, check out our How will discounters respond to online?

Aldi and Poundland trademark convenience formats 

We are increasingly seeing the discounters adapting their propositions to suit smaller locations, for example the launch of Aldi Local in 2019.

Further developments are potentially on the horizon as we see retailers trademarking new format names; Aldi has trademarked 'Shop & Go' with the Intellectual Property Office. This is likely to be linked to a new checkout-free solution, such as a pay-and-go app, as this requires less investment from the retailer than a new store format or self-scanning technology.

To find out more about potential technology innovation at Aldi, read our Aldi explores checkout-free solutions article. Poundland has applied to trademark 'Poundland Local' and 'Poundland Go!', pointing to its latest plans for new convenience store formats. Poundland Local is to apply to stores in small towns and close to urban neighbourhoods, while Poundland Go! is for a new convenience format near transport hubs.

The retailer first announced it would be segmenting its store estate in July last year. As part of the process of revamping its existing estate and opening new stores, it will be splitting its stores into three format categories:

  1. Destination stores offering the full range of products including food, homeware, health and beauty and clothing
  2. Core stores offering a wide range of products on high streets
  3. Convenience stores offering "grab and go" easy shopping

Poundland has also recently added its new chilled and frozen range to 46 stores, bringing its total stores carrying the range to 175. The plans is to roll it out to over 500 stores.

It also opened its 350th Pepco shop-in-shop this month. Both of these additions to the stores show the retailer is looking to satisfy different, wider missions, giving shoppers more reasons to visit. For subscribers looking for more insight on the convenience channel, check out our three part series on how you can grow in the convenience channel.

New players: Mere and JFT Central

Two new value retailers look set to open in the near future, adding more competition to an already competitive sector;

Russian retailer Mere aims to open four stores in the UK. Svetofor is a Russian discounter that has 3,200 stores worldwide. The company expanded to Europe in 2018, operating under the name Mere.

It will open its first store in the UK by the summer in a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. The other stores will open in Wales and Yorkshire. Following this, the retailer is said to be looking for future expansion across the UK.

The retailer claims to be 30% cheaper than Aldi and Lidl and operates a hard discount model with no marketing, and few staff. Stores will have around 1,200 SKUs. JFT Mega Discount Warehouse is opening a new format. It currently has 12 outlets on retail parks in the Midlands and the north of England.

The warehouse and online business currently sells a wide range of products including food & drink, health & beauty, garden, and DIY products. Customers have to sign up to a free membership scheme to shop in its warehouses. Its new format will be called JFT Central, and it will be another value-based variety store.

The retailer has said it is looking to open at least 50 stores, according to The Times. It will be run by Jeremy Coombes, a corporate financier with experience in lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. He said that the market was full of opportunity because of low-rent deals currently on offer as landlords were desperate to fill empty units.

The first opening is set to be in Hull in a former Mothercare store. We do not currently know the opening date.

Final thoughts

Going forwards the discount retailers will need to find more ways to remain relevant in the changing environment. With retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury's offering price matches to Aldi, the low price differentiator is not as strong as before.

Expect more development in the channel as the retailers look to satisfy the rising demand for online, and different shopping missions. 

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UK targets Gupta’s GFG Alliance in fraud probe linked to Greensill

By Huw Jones and Eric Onstad LONDON (Reuters) -Tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's commodities empire is being investigated by Britain's Serious Fraud Office in a probe that encompasses the conglomerate's links to collapsed lender Greensill Capital, the SFO said on Friday. The probe piles pressure on Gupta, who has been scrambling to refinance his international web of businesses in steel, aluminium and energy after supply chain finance firm Greensill filed for insolvency in March.

In a statement, the anti-graft agency said it was "investigating suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering in relation to the financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG), including its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK Ltd." GFG said it would co-operate fully and would not comment further on the investigation. The SFO said it had no further comment.

Greensill Capital lent money to firms by buying their invoices at a discount, but it collapsed in March after one of its main insurers declined to renew its cover. Its sudden failure has resonated around the world, drawing in Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse, German depositors and former British Prime Minister British Cameron, who was grilled in parliament this week over his lobbying efforts on behalf of Greensill. Authorities are starting to home in on both Gupta and Greensill with Britain's Financial Conduct Authority on Tuesday saying it was formally investigating Greensill's UK operations as part of global probes.

Germany's financial regulator shuttered Greensill's Bremen-based bank and filed a criminal complaint against it earlier this year saying the lender could not provide evidence of receivables on its balance sheet. GFG was Greensill's largest client. It said in February it would "collapse into insolvency" if the supply chain finance firm stopped providing it with working capital, Greensill said in its insolvency filing in March.

Story continues Greensill cited a £5 billion exposure to GFG Alliance when it filed for bankruptcy protection in Australia and Britain in March, a source familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity. SAVIOUR OF STEEL

Gupta had been lauded as the saviour of steel in Britain as he bought distressed assets in economically-deprived areas. His group has 35,000 workers, including 5,000 in Britain, and annual revenues of £20 billion. GFG also has operations in Europe, Australia and the United States.

Liberty Steel, part of the GFG group, said last week it had appointed a committee to restructure and refinance it. On Friday, GFG said it was making progress in the financing efforts and on Thursday, Gupta's Wyelands Bank said it was looking at a sale or winding up operations. Among the investors burnt in the widespread fallout from Greensill's collapse were clients of Credit Suisse, who had invested in a £7.3 billion finance fund exposed to debt issued by the finance firm.

The Swiss bank declined on Friday to comment on the UK fraud investigation, but repeated a comment from last week saying it wanted a credible restructuring plan. "We have asked GFG Alliance for that repeatedly and nothing has been forthcoming."

(Additional reporting by Eric Onstad and Tom Bergin; editing by David Goodman, Jason Neely and Barbara Lewis)

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£10 off as Deliveroo launches in town

Restaurants serving Turkish, Italian and Caribbean food will all be available to order from online - as Deliveroo launches in a Kent town. The delivery service, which already operates in Ashford and Canterbury, is also offering a discount to the new customers in Herne Bay and village Greenhill.

Deliveroo has this week launched in Herne Bay. Picture: Deliveroo Deliveroo has this week launched in Herne Bay. Picture: Deliveroo

Residents will be able to place orders for meals, either online or through an app, from the likes of Papa John's, High Street eatery Grapevine Meze Bar and Pops Jerk. Meanwhile, grocery stores Co-op and Morrisons will also be available on the platform.

Deliveroo's head of UK expansion, Berenice Cowan, said: "At last, we've arrived in Herne Bay.

"We can't wait to bring everyone great food from local and national favourites, and to help local chefs reach new customers." Deliveroo is offering all new customers GBP10 off their first order, costing at least GBP15, using the code HERNEBAY.

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The British firm is also running a 20% promotion at selected restaurants. It expects to add more town restaurants, takeaways and convenience stores to the platform over the next few months.

A Deliveroo spokesman added: "The launch will be a major boost to small restaurant businesses across Herne Bay who will be able to reach new customers and grow their restaurants through offering delivery.

"Working with Deliveroo increases restaurants' sales as they can reach a wider range of customers. "This enables restaurants to expand their businesses, often employing more staff, broadening their menus and lengthening opening times as a result."

Deliveroo is still looking to employ as many as 50 riders in Herne Bay Deliveroo is still looking to employ as many as 50 riders in Herne Bay

Deliveroo is among the delivery service firms to have seen a huge soar in demand in the last year, as the pandemic saw eateries closed for months on end and people relying increasingly upon food delivery. The company is still looking for as many as 50 people to become food delivery riders in Herne Bay.

Here's the full list of businesses in the town joining the platform:

  • Co-operative
  • Morrisons
  • Papa John's
  • Grapevine Meze Bar
  • Saloon Bar Grill
  • The Mascot Bakery
  • Gandhi Tandoori Restaurant
  • Graingers Sandwich Bar
  • Greenhill's King Cod
  • Greensteds
  • Herne Bay Tandoori Takeaway
  • Pops Jerk
  • Sunset Fish Bar

Head to our business page for all of the latest news about businesses in Kent

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‘Russian Lidl’ wants to open new supermarkets ‘ASAP’

A new Russian discount supermarket, which has been dubbed cheaper than Aldi or Lidl, is opening stores around the UK - and Plymouth is on its list of locations. Svetofor, operating under the name Mere, is a Russian discount supermarket that has 3,200 stores worldwide and a spokesperson for the company confirmed a list of places it would like to open in the UK when talking to The Grocer. It included three locations in the South West: Exeter, Plymouth and then more generally Devon.

The company expanded to Europe in 2018 and this year will be the first time for it to open a supermarket in this country. So what else do we know about the discount chain coming to our city? Here's what we know so far.

Mere is a budget supermarket claiming to be 30 percent cheaper than the UK's most affordable supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl. The brand announced its UK openings earlier this month, with the first store set to launch at a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. Mere also confirmed plans for four other stores, located in Wales and Yorkshire.

The shops will be in Mold in North Wales, Caldicot in southern Wales, and Castleford in West Yorkshire. At the moment, the brand is giving little else away on their social media, with signs saying 'coming soon'. Their Instagram bio reads: "Our profile is the retail chain in the food sector that offers its customers good goods for little money."

Russian supermarket coming to Exeter and PlymouthRussian supermarket coming to Exeter and Plymouth

Speaking to The Grocer, the supermarket announced more potential future store openings across the UK.

Mere UK stores - full list Cardiff Banbury

Barnsley Beckenham Bradford

Devon Exeter Gloucester

Grantham Kettering Middlesborough

Neath Northampton Oswestry

Plymouth Selby Sheffield

Southampton Stretford Southern Scotland

Wales However this list is only locations that the company is considering, as they will need the help of third parties. Mere is appealing for landlords to contact it via its website, and require sites of around 10,000 sq ft.

On its website, Mere said: "We are looking for suitable locations across UK to expand our retail chain. "At the moment, despite coronavirus, we are actively involved with landlords, their representatives and agents with the aim to open our Mere retail stores ASAP." The budge supermarket's requirements are sites of around 10,000 sq ft, with parking spaces for up to 40 cars, and a local population of 60,000 or more.

While you're here, can you fill in our quick survey? The story continues below. Pavels Antonovs, Head of Buying at Mere UK, commented on the possible future openings.

"I have just now met with a manufacturer with a turnover of GBP150million and we signed for eight SKUs. "On March 13, we opened a store in Latvia and the queue outside was 570 people. "In Germany, when we opened our first store, it had been bought out [of stock] in two days."

Svetofor has about 3,200 stores internationally and has been opening in Europe under the name Mere since 2018, with stores in Germany, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine.

As well as the UK, it plans to soon expand in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Bulgaria.

Its UK stores will have around 1,200 products in every branch, but will only have eight members of staff.

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‘Russian Lidl’ wants to open new supermarkets ‘ASAP’

A new Russian discount supermarket, which has been dubbed cheaper than Aldi or Lidl, is opening stores around the UK - and Plymouth is on its list of locations. Svetofor, operating under the name Mere, is a Russian discount supermarket that has 3,200 stores worldwide and a spokesperson for the company confirmed a list of places it would like to open in the UK when talking to The Grocer. It included three locations in the South West: Exeter, Plymouth and then more generally Devon.

The company expanded to Europe in 2018 and this year will be the first time for it to open a supermarket in this country. So what else do we know about the discount chain coming to our city? Here's what we know so far.

Mere is a budget supermarket claiming to be 30 percent cheaper than the UK's most affordable supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl. The brand announced its UK openings earlier this month, with the first store set to launch at a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. Mere also confirmed plans for four other stores, located in Wales and Yorkshire.

The shops will be in Mold in North Wales, Caldicot in southern Wales, and Castleford in West Yorkshire. At the moment, the brand is giving little else away on their social media, with signs saying 'coming soon'. Their Instagram bio reads: "Our profile is the retail chain in the food sector that offers its customers good goods for little money."

Russian supermarket coming to Exeter and PlymouthRussian supermarket coming to Exeter and Plymouth

Speaking to The Grocer, the supermarket announced more potential future store openings across the UK.

Mere UK stores - full list Cardiff Banbury

Barnsley Beckenham Bradford

Devon Exeter Gloucester

Grantham Kettering Middlesborough

Neath Northampton Oswestry

Plymouth Selby Sheffield

Southampton Stretford Southern Scotland

Wales However this list is only locations that the company is considering, as they will need the help of third parties. Mere is appealing for landlords to contact it via its website, and require sites of around 10,000 sq ft.

On its website, Mere said: "We are looking for suitable locations across UK to expand our retail chain. "At the moment, despite coronavirus, we are actively involved with landlords, their representatives and agents with the aim to open our Mere retail stores ASAP." The budge supermarket's requirements are sites of around 10,000 sq ft, with parking spaces for up to 40 cars, and a local population of 60,000 or more.

While you're here, can you fill in our quick survey? The story continues below. Pavels Antonovs, Head of Buying at Mere UK, commented on the possible future openings.

"I have just now met with a manufacturer with a turnover of GBP150million and we signed for eight SKUs. "On March 13, we opened a store in Latvia and the queue outside was 570 people. "In Germany, when we opened our first store, it had been bought out [of stock] in two days."

Svetofor has about 3,200 stores internationally and has been opening in Europe under the name Mere since 2018, with stores in Germany, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine.

As well as the UK, it plans to soon expand in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Bulgaria.

Its UK stores will have around 1,200 products in every branch, but will only have eight members of staff.

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‘Russian Lidl’ wants to open new supermarkets ‘ASAP’

A new Russian discount supermarket, which has been dubbed cheaper than Aldi or Lidl, is opening stores around the UK - and Plymouth is on its list of locations. Svetofor, operating under the name Mere, is a Russian discount supermarket that has 3,200 stores worldwide and a spokesperson for the company confirmed a list of places it would like to open in the UK when talking to The Grocer. It included three locations in the South West: Exeter, Plymouth and then more generally Devon.

The company expanded to Europe in 2018 and this year will be the first time for it to open a supermarket in this country. So what else do we know about the discount chain coming to our city? Here's what we know so far.

Mere is a budget supermarket claiming to be 30 percent cheaper than the UK's most affordable supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl. The brand announced its UK openings earlier this month, with the first store set to launch at a former Nisa branch in Preston, Lancashire. Mere also confirmed plans for four other stores, located in Wales and Yorkshire.

The shops will be in Mold in North Wales, Caldicot in southern Wales, and Castleford in West Yorkshire. At the moment, the brand is giving little else away on their social media, with signs saying 'coming soon'. Their Instagram bio reads: "Our profile is the retail chain in the food sector that offers its customers good goods for little money."

Russian supermarket coming to Exeter and PlymouthRussian supermarket coming to Exeter and Plymouth

Speaking to The Grocer, the supermarket announced more potential future store openings across the UK.

Mere UK stores - full list Cardiff Banbury

Barnsley Beckenham Bradford

Devon Exeter Gloucester

Grantham Kettering Middlesborough

Neath Northampton Oswestry

Plymouth Selby Sheffield

Southampton Stretford Southern Scotland

Wales However this list is only locations that the company is considering, as they will need the help of third parties. Mere is appealing for landlords to contact it via its website, and require sites of around 10,000 sq ft.

On its website, Mere said: "We are looking for suitable locations across UK to expand our retail chain. "At the moment, despite coronavirus, we are actively involved with landlords, their representatives and agents with the aim to open our Mere retail stores ASAP." The budge supermarket's requirements are sites of around 10,000 sq ft, with parking spaces for up to 40 cars, and a local population of 60,000 or more.

While you're here, can you fill in our quick survey? The story continues below. Pavels Antonovs, Head of Buying at Mere UK, commented on the possible future openings.

"I have just now met with a manufacturer with a turnover of GBP150million and we signed for eight SKUs. "On March 13, we opened a store in Latvia and the queue outside was 570 people. "In Germany, when we opened our first store, it had been bought out [of stock] in two days."

Svetofor has about 3,200 stores internationally and has been opening in Europe under the name Mere since 2018, with stores in Germany, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine.

As well as the UK, it plans to soon expand in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Bulgaria.

Its UK stores will have around 1,200 products in every branch, but will only have eight members of staff.

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Discount retailer The Works sees sales tumble as an online boom is not enough to make up for lost business at closed stores

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Discount retailer The Works saw revenues tumble by a fifth over the past year as rising online sales did not make up for lost business due to store closures.

The chain, which sells craft supplies, gifts, books, toys and games and stationery, saw a 121 per cent boom in online sales in the year to May. 

But total sales still fell 19 per cent to GBP206.2million in the period, with the drop driven purely by the physical shops, which were closed for more than a third of the time.

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The Works has 527 stores in the UK and Ireland.

The majority have now reopened, except in the Republic of Ireland, where they are set to welcome shoppers again on Monday next week.

But stores have been closed for long periods.

For the 16 of the 53 weeks to the start of May all of The Works' shops were closed due to lockdowns, and more than 75 per cent of its estate was forced to shut for an additional eight weeks.

Chief executive Gavin Peck said: 'Like many retailers, the last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for The Works, which has historically relied mainly on in-store sales. 

'Our business was severely impacted by successive lockdowns and forced closures of our entire store estate.'

Since the stores reopened, they have performed well, although the company remained cautious.

'It is probably too soon to judge the extent to which these encouraging sales reflect strong underlying performance as opposed to pent up demand,' it said.

Meanwhile, online sales have reduced since stores reopened, although they are still 'significantly ahead' of their pre-Covid levels. 

The Works said it wouldn't yet give a profit guidance due to persisting uncertainty but was 'confident' in the future prospects of the business due to its 'strong financial position' and 'appeal of its proposition'. 

'Since we couldn't control store closures we focused on the things we could, keeping tight control of costs, optimising our operations and vastly improving our online offering,' Peck said.

'As a result, our financial position remained strong, online growth exceeded our expectations, and when stores reopened we saw customer demand returning quickly to pre-Covid levels.'