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 BWG declined to comment on the exact terms of the deal agreed yesterday, but it is understood that its shareholders, including chief executive Leo Crawford (above) property director John Clohisey and finance director John O’Donnell, have provided warrants over a portion of its equity, believed to be up to 75 per cent.

BWG, the operator of the Spar and Mace retail brands, yesterday concluded a debt restructuring with a consortium of five lenders that will see an esti(...)

 Finian Sweeney in Sweeney’s off-licence in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The lowest hanging fruit appears to be the grape, and it was once again targeted by Michael Noonan when he announced a 50 cent increase in excise duty(...)

Ruth O’Connor buying from Gary Adams at his fruit and veg stall on Moore Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

I’m already worried about the week ahead, unable to enter a supermarket when I rely heavily on Tesco Express, Spar, Centra, Lidl and sometimes, when I(...)

Value It is what all stores promise us. Whether they deliver depends on how loyal (or gullible) you are. Photograph: Thinkstock

Aldi When it entered the Irish market a decade ago it was considered an oddball outsider with unfamiliar brands and a random assortment of jackhammers(...)

John Moane – despite the sound of his name – brings us some happy news indeed from BWG, the group behind the Spar and Mace retail chains in Ireland. M(...)

Eamon Doherty, general manager of Kilkenny Food Company

The once humble oat is now well-established as one of today’s superfood heroes. Nutritional interest in this high-fibre, cholesterol-busting grain has(...)

Leo Crawford,  chief executive of  BWG Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Food island came to Dublin this week when suppliers from across the country and abroad gathered at the Convention Centre for one of the year’s biggest(...)

Leo Crawford, president of Spar International and group chief executive of BWG Group, with chairman and founder of Spar China, Wang Pelhuan, in Killarney, Co Kerry

A group of 23 delegates from Spar China, including chairman and founder Wang Peihuan, were in Ireland for the International Spar Congress last week an(...)

The site at Ferndale Wood, Shankill, Co Dublin

With the housing market in south Dublin well and truly in recovery and infill development sites again in demand, estate agents Kelly Walsh are (...)

Bigger in the mouth than the Drombeg and broader, but mellow, with toffee and caramel as well as the toasty oak. Stockists: Super(...)

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