Alan and Jim Divney’s business has just signed a €2 million deal with Tesco

The deep and protracted recession of the 80s was hardly a good time to start a new business, but father and son Jim and Alan Divney did it anyway, est(...)

BWG, which announced 1,200 new jobs as part of a €100 million investment in October, has 421 Spar stores and an estimated 35 per cent share of the Irish convenience store market. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/Irish Times

BWG, the company behind Spar in Ireland, is to acquire rival ADM Londis for €23 million. Completion of the offer is subject to shareholder approval an(...)

12 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

BNP Paribas Real Estate has sold a retail building at 12 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, to a private investor for €2.92 million – well ahead of the €2.(...)

Under the tree: Leo Crawford, chairman of Spar International. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell
Spar wars

Last week, on Parnell Street in Dublin, passersby could watch a Londis transform into a Spar. New signage was being erected on Joe Flynn’s shop at the(...)

Dermot Hanley, who launched Nüsli five months ago following almost two years of intense product development
New innovator: Nüsli

“Nüsli is fast food, not junk food and it is not just another yogurt. It is a brand new Irish food product,” says former investment banker Dermot Han(...)

Expanding a retail business into another geography is a notoriously tricky business. Tesco only cracked the Irish market second time around by acquiri(...)

SuperValu owner  Musgrave recorded a loss of €94.9 million in 2013.

Cork-based wholesale grocery group Musgrave recorded a loss of €94.9 million in 2013 largely due to poor trading in Britain.The company was dragged in(...)

In the €9 billion grocery trade, the two big stories of 2013 were the alarming fall-off in Tesco’s Irish sales, and the relentless onwards march of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The retail sector was the laggard of the Irish economy in 2013. Consumer sentiment may have risen to a five-year high on the back of the nascent econo(...)

ADM Londis chief executive Stephen O’Riordan: “We are looking at other possible areas of co-operation with Stonehouse.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

ADM Londis, which has more than 200 Londis-branded shops in Ireland, has joined the Stonehouse purchasing consortium that also includes the Gala and C(...)

A changing landscape

QUINNSWORTH: The supermarket chain’s founder Pat Quinn became a recognisable face across Ireland when he appeared in countless television ads weari(...)