NFRN creates new Covid-19 posters for members’ stores

NFRN creates new Covid-19 posters for members’ stores

A series of downloadable posters advising customers about increased safety measures and possible changes within stores during the coronavirus pandemic have been created by the NFRN. The posters address general topics such as social distancing, possible price increases, payment safety procedures and changes in opening hours due to staff shortages.... View Article

Henderson Group issues reassurance to staff and shoppers

Henderson Group issues reassurance to staff and shoppers

Northern Ireland’s biggest community retailer has introduced several new precautions and procedures into its stores to protect staff and shoppers during the Covid-19 outbreak. Henderson Group, owner of the SPAR, EUROSPAR and VIVO brands in Northern Ireland and supplying to over 450 stores here, has said it is on the... View Article

Independent food retailers need help from the Executive

Independent food retailers need help from the Executive

Retail NI has urged the NI Executive to go much further in supporting local businesses, raising a number of issues with the economy and education ministers over the last few days. “Retail NI members and their staff are on the front line ensuring that people are able to buy food... View Article

Musgrave NI rolls out social distancing measures

Musgrave NI rolls out social distancing measures

Over the last week, Musgrave’s network of over 200 SuperValu, Centra and MACE stores across Northern Ireland and Musgrave MarketPlace branches in Belfast, Lurgan and Derry~Londonderry have experienced unprecedented surges in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As warehouse staff, delivery drivers and retail staff across Northern Ireland go above... View Article

Consumers urged to think of others and shop responsibly

Consumers urged to think of others and shop responsibly

The Consumer Council and the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium have come together in an unprecedented joint plea to ask consumers to “be considerate” and stop over-buying food and other products as it unfortunately means others are going without. This call is in response to the rise in over-buying in the... View Article

Retail NI meets with ministers to discuss coronavirus crisis

Retail NI meets with ministers to discuss coronavirus crisis

Retail NI has met with Executive Office Ministers Declan Kearney and Gordon Lyons to push for an emergency programme of business support amid the Covid-19 crisis. “This was a useful meeting with the Ministers at which we all agreed on the need for a whole societal effort to tackle the... View Article

SPAR & VIVO brands restrict purchases to ensure supply for all

SPAR & VIVO brands restrict purchases to ensure supply for all

SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVOXTRA and ViVO stores in Northern Ireland have implemented a restriction on the purchase of all products from March 18. A company spokesperson said: ‘We are proud to serve our local communities and as the uncertainty of COVID-19 continues to make an impact here, it is crucial we... View Article

Groceries Code Adjudicator survey open until end of March

Groceries Code Adjudicator survey open until end of March

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has launched her annual survey, with just four weeks left to complete it by a deadline of March 29. The survey has played a vital role in helping the GCA to achieve progress for suppliers, demonstrating where retailers’ efforts have improved Code compliance and... View Article

Small retailers facing ‘perfect storm’ on April 1

Small retailers facing ‘perfect storm’ on April 1

A delegation from Retail NI met with Economy Minister Diane Dodds on February 27 to discuss the high cost of doing business in Northern Ireland. “Independent retailers and small businesses are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of additional costs on 1st April with a combination of the Rates Reval hike, increases... View Article

The Food Warehouse creates 30 jobs in Northern Ireland

The Food Warehouse creates 30 jobs in Northern Ireland

The Food Warehouse has created 30 new jobs for the local grocery retail sector at a store in Co Antrim. The opening is a first for the brand in Northern Ireland, which is part of the Iceland Foods Group, and has seen it invest close to £1m in a flagship... View Article