Martin McColl Celebrates 600th McColl’s Store Opening in the UK

14 June 2012

Martin McColl, the convenience store and newsagent operator, is celebrating the opening of its 600th convenience store, as it announces continued progress with its convenience store expansion programme.

The 600th store - a McColl's convenience store in Great Cornard, Suffolk (UK) - opened in late February 2012. The store, which has been built to replace an existing unit that closed as part of a wider re-development project, is larger and better situated in the local neighbourhood. It is the first in the rollout of a new format of McColl's stores which have a brighter, modern feel, improved layout and enhanced offer.

Over the past year, Martin McColl has successfully acquired 37 convenience stores now branded McColls, and converted a further 36 of its existing Martin's stores to its convenience format. They serve neighbourhood locations across the UK. The Group has continued to invest in existing stores to improve the quality of the customer shopping experience by continually reviewing product ranges and promotions, introducing more value products and improving access to other services such as Collect + and Pay Point.

James Lancaster, CEO of Martin McColl, commented: "The opening of our 600th convenience store marks a significant milestone in Martin McColl's ambitious growth plans to serve our customers in local neighbourhoods through the development of our UK convenience estate. Our continued growth rate and retail success are testament to our appreciation of local needs and our commitment to satisfying these for customers. We firmly believe that developing each new store on a case-by-case basis allows us to engage successfully with each local community. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our existing customers as well as welcoming more as we expand our store base."

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Kate Boothman-Meier
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About Martin McColl Retail Group / Notes to editors:

Martin McColl Retail Group runs the UK's largest chain of over 1,260 managed convenience and newsagent stores. It has over 600 McColls branded UK convenience stores, 550 newsagents and 100 variety stores branded Martin's except in Scotland where it operates under its heritage brand, RS McColl. It is the leader in the independent managed sector, having nearly doubled the number of its convenience stores over the last seven years. Sales in 2011 were £805m, having grown by £125m in the last five years.