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Local Stores and Sunday Trading 

The government is proposing to make changes to the Sunday trading law but we are concerned that this will mean yet another challenge for our small, independent stores.

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Growing vegetables in lockdown
How does your garden grow? 

As the shelves emptied of fresh produce at the start of the Covid19 lockdown, creative shoppers decided to grow their own at home. Thwarted by the lockdown closure of garden centres, shoppers turned to convenience stores to find the gardening supplies they needed.

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Convenience Shopping Covid19
Covid-19 differences in shopping locale 

We all know that Covid-19 has driven huge changes in our shopping habits for groceries but where have the changes been more or less significant? Our data spans the whole of the independent C-store sector around the UK, in city centres, residential and rural areas.  We’ve looked at each of these different store locations to see whether this has an impact on our shopping habits.

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Baking at home
Flour Shortages 

Convenience retailers and shoppers are being creative in finding solutions to the flour shortage caused by the virus lockdown.

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Families use crafts to keep busy
The COVID-19 Effect 

With the UK in lockdown due to the government’s attempt to keep Covid19 infections low, and people restricted to their homes for all but essential journeys, what do the changes in the way we’re living mean for the independent retailer?

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