I’m Dominic Shaw and I head up the new stores team in the South East. We’ve recently had some great press coverage in the London Evening Standard so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to go into a bit more detail about what we’ve got coming up and why London is so important to us.
We’re investing £28 million in the capital this year. We’ll be spending this on opening 30 new shops and refitting 7 more, creating around 600 new jobs for Londoners in the process.
We’re really excited about our 2018 plans, around a third of our new stores will be in London and we believe that we’ll be opening more new shops in the city than most of our competition will be opening in the whole of the UK.
A perfect fit
People today tend to shop little and often; that’s something that we’ve seen for a while and it’s not likely to change any time soon. As the biggest convenience retailer in the country, we’re perfectly placed to meet this demand.
Convenience is more important in London than probably anywhere else in the country. Our consumer research shows that just over a third of people said they would only return to a shop if it was quick and easy to shop in and two in five said that they expect to find what they’re looking for every time, no excuses.
An experienced team
We’re opening shops in areas across Greater London this year, from zone one locations in Soho and the City, to more residential areas like Twickenham, Clapton and Balham – and are always looking for new locations where we can be at the heart of local life.
Our London team has decades of experience in food retail acquisitions. We’re quick to respond, offer competitive rent and terms and are happy to pay fees to introducing agents.