Jim McCann & Sons, Lurgan

Jim McCann & Sons, Lurgan

At first look, a totally independent butchery business trading in a modest shop front on a busy street in Lurgan town centre shouldn’t work. But rather than a ‘dying breed’, this locally-owned business is thriving. With four major supermarkets as seven-day trading competition, restricted on-street parking outside and without any... View Article

McCaughan’s Mace, Armoy

McCaughan’s Mace, Armoy

After catching the retailing ‘bug’ as an engineering student, Malachy McCaughan took on a long-established shop in Armoy and transformed it into an award-winning MACE, as Brian McCalden reports. Records show a post office has operated in its current location in Armoy since 1836. When the competitors and fans flocked... View Article

Ballylagan organic farm shop, Straid

Ballylagan organic farm shop, Straid

lse van Staden, famed as part of the Ireland Women’s Squad for the 2017 Six Nations, at first seems an unlikely candidate for a job as a professional butcher, but that’s far from the case. The Ulster and Cooke Rugby Club player is a fully-qualified butcher whose day job  is... View Article

Mullan’s SPAR

Mullan’s SPAR

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS Mullan’s SPAR is an independent convenience store situated on the Monaghan Road in Armagh. We provide fresh, every day essentials, as well as our own brand of soups, stews, pizzas, salad goods and ready meals which are made fresh each day on site in our... View Article

State-of-the-art SuperValu store opens for business.

State-of-the-art SuperValu store opens for business.

A new state-of-the-art SuperValu store has opened in Newry, Co. Down, as part of a £2M investment, creating 50 jobs for the local area. The 5,500 sq ft store on the Dublin road is owned by experienced retailers, Michael and David Downey, and operated in partnership with Musgrave NI. The... View Article

Swift’s family-owned Eurospar proves a staple ‘bread and butter’ offering

Swift’s family-owned Eurospar proves a staple ‘bread and butter’ offering

Philip Swift’s first ever role in the retail food sector was as a door-to-door bread man around picturesque South Fermanagh. Today, not far off 50 years later, the family’s next generation, son Stephen and daughter Sandra are still serving bread to the people Fermanagh – except they have long since... View Article

Boyd’s retail triumph

Boyd’s retail triumph

Starting out from humble beginnings in a small petrol station in rural Toomebridge in the 1960s, a rapidly developing grocery retailing business has since evolved for the Boyd family. From that first wee shop – selling little more than oil and car spares to complement the petrol forecourt – the... View Article

Co-op Cregagh Road, Belfast

Co-op Cregagh Road, Belfast

The Co-op’s intention is to return to paying the once traditional dividend again, and make the rewards for members who shop with the Co-op more meaningful and community-focused. The countrywide rebranding is running in parallel with the reward initiative, and Belfast’s Cregagh Road store is one of the first to... View Article

Member-owned Nisa combines brand

Member-owned Nisa combines brand

Nisa Retail is unique in the convenience sector as it is a mutual style company which means it is owned by its independent retail members. Retailers have the option to operate under four symbol fascias: Nisa Local, Nisa Extra, Loco and Dual Branded whereby a member can maintain their true... View Article