Store Focus

Today’s Extra Fivemiletown


Keeping it in the family is the secret for success at Today’s Extra Fivemiletown, proprietor Robert McDowell tells Brian McCalden. Robert McDowell, proprietor of the new Today’s Extra store Fivemiletown, says he owes his work ethic and determination to succeed […]

Centra Portaferry

Centra Portaferry

Businessman Declan Watson opened his Centra store in Portaferry at the turn of millennium and has built up a successful business over the years. He has seen many changes in the market but has always managed to stay one step […]

Mace Kilrea

Mace Kilrea

Paul Steele, owner of the new look Mace in Kilrea, is busy filling his new bakery stand with freshly baked bread when I meet him to talk about his store’s recent refurbishment. He seems totally at home in his new […]

Lidl High Street Belfast


Lidl opened at High Street, Belfast, on November 27, 2014. The premises went from an empty, unused shell, to a bright modern, fully-completed supermarket in 12 weeks. Despite being in the city centre, the store offers what is essentially a […]

Emerson’s Armagh

Emersons Interior 4

Life is getting back to normal following the completion of a £2m refurbishment of Emerson’s, a 125-year-old supermarket in the hub of Armagh city centre. In May 2014, the family-run supermarket began a refurbishment programme which has since secured 150 […]

Today’s Conlig

Todays Conlig John Harrison

As a first time retailer,support from Savage & Whitten during a refit of Today’s Conlig and a fullyintegrated EPOS system linked to the wholesaler were invaluable, owner/operator John Harrison tells Brian McCalden. New retailer John Harrison is putting in more […]

Phoenix Rising

The Phoenix

As Ulster Grocer magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, a Co Antrim forecourt-based grocery store is also marking four decade of success, having similarly been established in 1972.

A tale of two stores…


Opening two new SPAR stores in the fishing port of Kilkeel two years ago proved to be a wise decision for Henderson Retail. Now, one of those stores is about to open the doors on a state-of-the-art rebuild – but is its neighbour also about to get a revamp? Ulster Grocer spoke to general manager, Gregory Cochrane…

The French connection…

It’s now a decade since the French siblings spotted a business opportunity in their home village of Clough in County Down – and the thriving Mace store that the trio established there on a former tile showroom site at the Castlewellan Road has grown its profits every year since.

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