About us

Did you know?


  • Ranked 3rd in number of owned convenience stores in the UK


  • We are one of the largest cigarette and tobacco retailers in the UK
  • We sell;
    - 34 million litres of milk every year
    - 1 million hotdogs every year
    - 50 thousand sandwiches every week
    - 30 thousand £1 loaves of bread every week
    - 3.8 million bottles of wine every year 
    - 22 million bottles/cans of beer and lager every year
    - 100 million units of confectionery every year 
    - 10 Soft Drinks every minute 
  • We are one of the largest Newspaper retailers in the UK selling almost 200m copies every year


  • 2/3rds of our stores have a cash machine generating 20m transactions a year
  • All our stores offer Paypoint services generating  22m transactions a year
  • 1/3rd of our stores have a Post Office making us the largest operator in the UK (we run more stores than the Post Office does itself)
  • We run the largest Home News Delivery operation in Europe delivering to over 140,000 homes and businesses every day
  • 2/3rds of our colleagues and almost half of our store managers are female


  • Our first shop opened in 1906
  • We have 7,000 CCTV cameras for the security of our customers and colleagues
  • We have 2,700 tills and customer facing screens