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Retailing - 2002
Seconds Ahead, the operator of 32 clothing shops across Wales, is to set up an office at the former Dewhirst factory in Cardigan, with the relocation of 30 staff and the creation of ten new jobs.
Holland & Barrett has launched a £11m takeover bid for De Tuinen, the Dutch chain of 40 stores, as part of a strategy to expand its health foods business into continental Europe.
Slimma has acquired the Peter Martin clothing brand from Le Roi for £0.4m.
Tesco is planning to open 30 more hypermarkets in Hungary over the next few years, to add to the existing 26.
Julian Graves is planning to expand its chain of 184 snack stores to 250 by March 2004.
ScS Upholstery is planning to open up to eight new stores over the next year, including its first Welsh site due to open in Cardiff next Easter.
Dreams is looking to expand its chain of 76 bed stores to up to 200 sites, and a smaller format will be piloted in high street locations.
TotalFinaElf is to expand its chain of Bonjour convenience stores to 50 forecourt sites by the end of 2003, with a focus on the south-east.
Debenhams has announced plans to set up a department store in Newry in October 2004, with the creation of 230 jobs.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Killutagh Estates for the £4m expansion of the Connswater Shopping Centre.
Lancaster City Council is to consider plans from Lancaster Property Network for the development of a £8m shopping and office complex in Damside Street.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from the UA Group for a £25m retail and leisure project on a 33-acre site at the Perth Agricultural Centre.
Forest Heath District Council is to consider plans from Avril Properties for the £5m expansion of the Rookery Shopping Centre in Newmarket.
New Look is planning to expand its chain of Mim fashion stores in France from 154 to more than 400, by opening about 30 a year.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill is planning to open up to 50 new shops in the UK over the next three years, and may consider international expansion into the US, Japan and Korea.
Kingfisher is planning to open 77 Comet electrical megastores over the next five years, with many replacing existing smaller sites.
GUS is planning to expand its recently-acquired Homebase DIY chain by opening ten new stores a year.
Music Zone is planning to expand its chain of 42 music shops with up to 15 new outlets next year.
Bonmarche is to open the first of a chain of discount fashion stores across Scotland with a unit at the Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley.
D2 is planning to expand its chain of 87 fashion stores to 100 by September 2003.
TJ Morris is to open a further 20 Home Bargains homeware stores next year, and is seeking sites in the north-east and Midlands.
GUS has acquired Homebase, the chain of 300 DIY stores, from Permira for £900m, and expects to make annual cost savings of £20m within three years.
Leekes is planning an expansion programme following a recent reorganisation, with plans to open new stores in Wales and the West of England and the possibility of a sports and leisure development at Hensol Castle.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the chain of 285 knitwear stores with 3,400 staff, is to undergo a £67m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
Majestic Wine is planning to open about six wine stores a year to add to the existing 103, and is considering plans to move into the Irish market.
Heal's is seeking suitable sites to set up furniture stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Sainsbury has acquired collapsed US retailer Ames, and about 12 of the 18 New England sites will be converted to its Shaw's format.
Krispy Kreme of the US is seeking a suitable site to open a doughnut store in London, and a further 24 franchised sites are expected to open over the next five years.
Ipswich Borough Council is to consider plans from Helical Bar for a £60m retail development in the town's Mint Quarter project.
Morrisons is said to be planning to open a number of new superstores in Scotland, and planning permission has just been secured for its first Scottish store in Falkirk.
Compass is planning to expand its chain of 32 Whistlestop convenience stores across the country, and suitable sites include universities, hospitals and military bases.
Cook, the chain of seven gourmet frozen meal shops, is planning to open up to five new stores and expand its manufacturing facility in Sittingbourne over the next year.
Hawkshead is planning to open a further 30 outdoor clothing stores, including sites in all 13 UK National Parks.
Laura Ashley is to close five clothing and home furnishing stores in France and six in Germany, and its UK expansion will slow down.
Forminster is planning to open up to seven Kookai fashion stores next year, and is also looking to acquire new brands.
Next has announced plans to create 200 jobs at a new enlarged fashion store at the Merry Hill shopping centre in Brierley Hill in May 2003.
Liberty International has raised £159m in a share placing to finance the redevelopment and expansion of its shopping centres, including a £275m scheme in Norwich and a £85m expansion of the Gateshead MetroCentre.
Peacocks is to spend £6m refurbishing its chain of discount stores next year.
B&Q has announced plans to spend £200m opening 17 DIY stores over the next year, with the creation of about 4,000 jobs.
MFI has acquired Sofa Workshop for £12m, and the Sofa Workshop products will be introduced into all 192 MFI furniture stores by the end of 2003.
Makro is seeking 200 staff for a new cash-and-carry warehouse due to open in Exeter this year.
Borders is planning to expand its chain of 17 bookstores to 23 by the end of next year, and is seeking more concessionaires to take up some of the in-store space.
O2 is considering plans to expand its chain of 196 mobile phone stores to more than 250 sites, and repair centres are being introduced to 20 stores.
Tesco is to acquire T&S Stores, the owner of more than 1,000 convenience stores and newsagents, for £520m, and will re-brand 450 outlets with the Express format.
Co-operative Group has acquired the Alldays chain of 600 convenience stores for £131m, and will soon announce plans for a major refurbishment programme.
Swindon Borough Council is considering plans from CDP for a £70m town centre redevelopment project at Regent Circus, involving new shops, homes and a public square.
Halfords is planning to open up to 12 more car parts and cycle stores in Northern Ireland, to add to the existing four.
John Partridge is planning to open up to ten luxury outdoor clothing stores over the next three years, with the first opening in London's West End in November.
Julian Graves is planning to open specialist snack shops in hospital foyers.
Sportizus is planning to open 50 sports and celebrity memorabilia shops over the next five years, to add to the existing 13.
Lee Longlands is to acquire Vineys, the Abingdon-based furniture retailer, for £2m.
The Entertainer is planning to expand its chain of 32 toy shops to 60 over the next five years, and its first superstore will open in Kingston upon Thames in November.
Safeway is planning to spend £100m opening three more stores in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 1,000 jobs, and some existing stores will be replaced by larger outlets.
DFS is planning to double production at its furniture factory in Doncaster, open a new distribution centre, relocate its head office from Adwick-le-Street to Woodlands and open seven more stores.
The Pen Shop is planning to double its chain of 30 upmarket pen shops over the next five years, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.
Matalan is planning to expand its chain of discount clothing stores in the London area from nine to 18 over the next 18 months.
Marks & Spencer is to recruit 179 graduate trainees in 2003, up from 110 this year.
Debenhams is planning to open 14 new department stores in the UK and Ireland by 2006, to add to the existing 99.
Milton Keynes Borough Council is to consider plans for the £400m revamp of the central shopping area, including 100 new retail units.
Marks & Spencer has won planning permission to build a 90,000 sq ft furniture superstore in Gateshead, and some of the space will be let to another retailer.
Field & Trek is planning to expand its chain of 13 outdoor equipment stores with three new sites by next year.
Marks & Spencer is planning to open 40 more Simply Food stores over the next three years, with the sites being run as franchises by Compass.
Morrisons has submitted plans to build a store at the £70m Morfa Stadium development in Swansea, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Hutchison 3G is planning to open three flagship stores in London and Birmingham next month that will enable customers to trial and order the new-generation 3G mobile phones.
Tesco is to create a further 140 jobs at its store in Ayr next year, having won permission for a multi-million pound extension.
Dixons has announced plans to recruit about 1,000 new staff a year in the UK over the next five years, and a similar number of new jobs will also be created in continental Europe.
Gamestation, the computer games retailer with 64 stores, has been acquired by Blockbuster UK for undisclosed terms.
Allied Carpets has identified 20 suitable locations to open high street shops, and also plans to open five more out-of-town stores next year.
Game is planning to open 70 computer games stores next year, including 20 in the UK, 20 in France, 20 in Spain and 10 in Sweden.
Budgens is planning to open about 20 convenience stores a year, as part of a strategy by new parent Musgrave to double the size of the business over the next five years.
Debenhams is planning to create up to 700 jobs at a new department store in the redeveloped Bullring mall in Birmingham.
Selby District Council is considering plans from a subsidiary of Dransfield Properties for the development of a £8m retail park near Selby town centre.
Dixons is to acquire UniEuro, the Italian electrical retailer with 88 stores, in a £231m deal.
Officers Club is planning to expand its chain of 180 menswear shops to 360 over the next two years, and up to 2,000 jobs will be created.
Mole Valley Farmers has acquired 19 SCATS Country stores across the south of England from Southern Counties Agricultural Trading Society.
Littlewoods, the Liverpool-based catalogue retailer with almost 200 stores and 22,000 staff, is to be acquired by the Barclay Brothers in a £750m deal.
Woolworths is planning to expand its chain of 14 Big W megastores to 100 in the long term, with four due to open by the end of this year.
Focus Wickes is planning to expand its chain of Wickes DIY stores from 138 to 200 over the next five years.
B&Q is to create up to 200 jobs at a new DIY superstore due to open in Doncaster in summer 2003.
Asda has announced plans to build a £25m superstore at the site of Inverness Caledonian Thistle with the creation of 400 jobs, but an alternative football stadium site would need to be found.
Orange is planning to expand its chain of mobile phone stores and improve its call centre operations, with the creation of 750 jobs over the next year.
Selfridges has secured a 200,000 sq ft site to build a £90m department store in Glasgow by 2007.
Lakeland, the kitchenware retailer, has submitted plans for the £5m redevelopment of its head office in Windermere, which will create 100 jobs over the next five years.
Neways International is planning to create 80 new jobs at its direct sales cosmetics business in Cambridgeshire over the next two years.
Marks & Spencer is seeking suitable premises to open ten Simply Food stores in Northern Ireland.
T&S Stores is planning to open a further 40 convenience stores in the next financial year, having opened 20 this year.
First Choice has announced plans to open 50 travel shops in the north, with the creation of up to 300 jobs, in order to promote flights from Manchester Airport by its sister airline Air 2000.
Caudwell is planning to open a further 50 Phones 4u stores this year, taking the total to 350.
Morrisons is to submit plans to build a multi-million pound superstore in Wednesbury, as part of the town centre redevelopment.
Ottakar's is to expand its chain of 89 bookstores to 92 by the end of the year, and believes there are another 140 suitable locations.
Ikea has submitted plans to build a furniture store at Grange Park, near Northampton, with the creation of 600 jobs.
WH Smith is considering plans to set up workplace stores selling newspapers, books and snacks in corporate head offices, having opened a trial outlet at the Axa office in Bristol.
Kingdom of Leather is looking to expand its chain of 15 furniture stores to 45, and is seeking prime sites across the country.
Jessops, the camera retailer, is being bought by Amro Capital from Bridgepoint Capital for £116m, and plans to open 26 stores over the next two years.
Tesco is planning to build a £50m supermarket, office and housing complex at the former Vaux brewery site in Sunderland, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
Warrington Borough Council has approved plans from Legal & General for the £100m redevelopment of the Golden Square shopping centre.
Powerhouse is planning to open up to 30 Homebase concessions over the next 12 months.
Fat Face has announced plans to open a further 40 fashion stores over the next two years, to add to the existing 55.
Fast Retailing of Japan has acquired a further five sites to open Uniqlo fashion stores, taking its chain to 15 by the end of its first year's trading in the UK.
Psyche is planning to open a £2.5m upmarket department store at the former Uptons building in Middlesbrough by next March, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Marks & Spencer is planning to relocate parts of its human resources and finance administration functions from London to Manchester, with the creation of 150 jobs.
B&Q is planning to build a DIY Warehouse store at Newtownards, near Belfast, with the creation of 200 jobs.
House of Fraser is planning to open a department store in Belfast, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Asda is planning to invest £7m revamping the music and video areas of its 255 stores.
Actif Group is planning to expand its chain of six Elle fashion stores with 25 new outlets over the next three years.
Sainsbury is to create 400 jobs at a new supermarket at the Maypole in south Birmingham later this year.
Newport City Council is to consider plans for the £100m regeneration of the city centre, including a new department store and the refurbishment of the Kingsway shopping centre.
Castle Morpeth Borough Council is considering plans for the expansion of the Heighley Gate garden centre near Morpeth, with the creation of 37 jobs.
The Book People, the direct-mail bookseller, has opened a new distribution and call centre in Bangor, with the creation of 180 permanent and up to 250 seasonal jobs.
Arcadia has completed the sale of a majority stake in four fashion chains - Warehouse, Racing Green, Hawkshead and Principles - to Rubicon Retail for an initial £6.6m.
Brown & Jackson is planning to sell four of its five store chains to majority shareholder Tradegro, in order to focus on its Poundstretcher discount stores.
Sainsbury is setting up a worldwide wine distribution network by opening specialist centres in all the major producing regions, in order to improve the efficiency of its supply chain.
Mappin & Webb's parent company is planning to set up a chain of 60 Watches 24 watch boutiques over the next five years.
EasyGroup is looking to set up internet cafes in existing high street outlets, and is in discussions with McDonalds and Starbucks.
Asda is seeking planning permission to build a Supercentre in Milton Keynes, and intends to share the site with a £30m stadium being proposed for Wimbledon Football Club.
Superdrug, the chain of 700 health and beauty stores, is to merge with the 280-strong Savers chain, following the £848m acquisition of Superdrug's Dutch parent Kruidvat by Hutchison Whampoa.
Safeway is planning to double the size of its staff training centre in Burton-on-Trent, with five new areas being opened by spring 2003.
Fopp is planning to expand its chain of 12 music shops with five additional outlets next year.
Maplin is planning to expand its chain of 64 electronics stores to 100 over the next three years.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to open about 12 new-format "experience" stores over the next 12 months, with the first opening in London this month.
Mothercare is planning to open about eight high street clearance stores over the next few weeks, in order to reduce excessive stock levels caused by warehousing problems.
Asda is recruiting an extra 2,000 staff for its George clothing division this year, spread across its 228 stores.
Asda has announced plans to invest £114m in new and refurbished stores in London and the south-east, including a Supercentre due to open in Watford in November following a £5m refit.
British Bookshops & Stationers is planning to expand its chain of 51 shops with a number of new outlets in the south-east, and its Brighton distribution centre will double in size.
Caffe Nero is to open up to four coffee bars a month over the next 12 months, having secured a new £7m funding facility.
Mills Group is planning to open at least six convenience stores in Yorkshire over the next 12 months, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Karen Millen is planning to expand its chain of Whistles fashion stores from 11 to 40.
Hammerson is to build a shopping centre in Leeds, having acquired a three-acre site at Templar Street for £13m.
Whitbread has announced a deal to open Costa coffee shops at the UK visitor attractions operated by Tussauds Group.
Prices Patent Candle Company, the operator of 14 candle shops, has been bought out of administration by Cereria Sgarbi of Italy for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 150 jobs.
Robert Dyas is planning to expand its chain of 67 hardware stores with six new outlets this year.
Travelling Man is planning to expand its chain of four games and comics stores with six new outlets.
Music Zone is planning to open a further five music shops this year, taking the total to 42.
Topps Tiles is expanding its ceramics retailing business into the Netherlands through a joint venture with Floorstore, and is also aiming to open 24 new shops in the UK over the next year.
Dixons is planning to open an electrical megastore in Cardiff later this year, and the concept could be extended nationwide if successful.
Boots is to sell Halfords, the chain of 400 car parts and cycle stores, to CVC Capital Partners for up to £427m, which will involve the transfer of all 9,800 staff and the head office in Redditch.
Domino's Pizza is planning to expand its chain of 255 take-away pizza outlets with up to 50 new sites a year.
Northampton Borough Council is to consider plans from Legal & General for the £300m revamp of the Grosvenor shopping centre.
Woolworths is to open a £7m Big W megastore in Newport in October with the creation of 280 jobs.
Matalan is creating 2,200 new jobs in its chain of discount fashion stores this year, and new sites will open in Liverpool, Manchester, Southport, Rhyl, Truro, Sheffield, Stockport, Darlington, Dumfries and Livingston.
Sainsbury is planning to expand its chain of 186 Shaw's supermarkets in the US with 30 new outlets over the next three years, at a cost of £250m.
Fat Face is considering plans for a flotation, to fund the international expansion of its chain of 50 outdoor fashion stores.
Reiss is seeking larger sites to expand its chain of 22 fashion stores.
Luscious, the operator of two organic convenience stores in London and 11 cafes, is seeking £5m of third-round funding to open franchised shops in Australia, Canada, Africa and the Middle East.
Slater Menswear is planning to expand its chain of 13 discount menswear shops to 60 over the next five years.
Safeway is looking to open a chain of convenience stores across the country, and the first two sites will start trading in Glasgow and Edinburgh later this year.
AF Blakemore has acquired John Edwards of Bangor, taking its cash and carry estate to eight.
Haagen-Dazs is planning to expand its new cafe format nationwide, and is in negotiations for sites in Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere.
Asda has announced plans for the £8m refurbishment of its supermarket in Bromsgrove town centre, which will create 100 jobs.
Scrivens has acquired Melson Wingate, the Dorset-based chain of 40 opticians, creating an enlarged nationwide network with about 100 branches and 1,000 staff.
Pernod Ricard is to sell BWG, the Irish convenience stores group with 233 Spar and Mace stores in Northern Ireland, to a management buy-out for £220m.
Dunelm is to open a soft furnishings store at Fforestfach in Swansea later this year, with the creation of 120 jobs.
GUS Home Shopping has sold Family Hampers, the Leeds-based gift and hamper supplier with 110 staff, to management for undisclosed terms.
Botany Bay, the Chorley-based shopping and leisure complex, has been bought out of receivership by newly-formed property company USL Trading, saving 100 jobs.
Specsavers is planning to invest £3m opening up to 10 opticians in Scotland over the next 12 months, and there will also be a training centre in Glasgow.
Lakeland is planning to expand its chain of 25 kitchenware stores with five new shops by the end of next year.
Gamestation is planning to expand its chain of 54 computer game stores with about 30 new outlets over the next year.
B&Q is planning to expand its chain of Warehouse DIY stores from 87 to 175 by 2006.
Le Riche has merged with Ann Street and CI Traders to create a combined Channel Island-based retailing operation with 41 food stores and various other businesses.
JJB Sports is to relocate the headquarters of its newly-acquired TJ Hughes retailing business from Liverpool to Wigan, which will affect about 200 staff.
The Linen Green factory outlet shopping centre in County Tyrone has won planning permission to triple in size, with the addition of a further 85,000 sq ft of retail space.
Druckers is planning to expand its Midlands-based chain of 27 coffee outlets into the rest of the country, having secured a £1m financing deal with Bank of Scotland.
M&M Sports has acquired Maximum Sports, the operator of sports shops in Swansea, Carmarthen and Merthyr, enabling Maximum to focus on its industrial workwear business.
Borders is planning to step up the expansion of its chain of 13 UK book stores, having opened five outlets this year.
Speciality Retail Group has bought Racing Green, the clothing retailer, from Rubicon for undisclosed terms.
Clinton Cards has announced plans to double the size of about 200 of its greetings card shops, by acquiring adjacent properties or by extending to the back or side.
Tesco is to acquire HIT, the operator of 13 hypermarkets in Poland, for undisclosed terms.
Dunelm is to open a textiles store at the Orchard Retail Park in Coventry, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Stadium Group has announced a £15m investment in the development of a fashion retail park at Fforestfach in Swansea, including 14 shop units and the creation of about 500 jobs.
Wimpy, the operator of 300 burger outlets, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
Yorkshire Co-operatives may relocate its head office from Bradford to a smaller site in Rochdale, if members approve a plan to merge with United Norwest Co-op.
Peacocks has agreed to acquire rival fashion store chain Bon Marche for £51m, and the new group plans to increase the number of shops from 585 to 1,200.
Dixons is planning to create more than 1,000 jobs in its electrical retailing business over the next year, which will benefit its Hemel Hempstead head office, call centres in Nottingham and Sheffield and its logistics division.
Netto, the discount retailer with 126 stores, is to close a distribution centre in Reading and relocate the business to a new 150,000 sq ft site in Daventry in September.
Henry Boot Developments is to build a 100,000 sq ft retail scheme in the centre of Ayr.
Ciro Citterio is looking to open six more fashion stores in Scotland, and is seeking sites in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Orange is planning to expand its chain of 215 mobile phone stores to 290 this year.
Hennes & Mauritz of Sweden is planning to open six more fashion stores in the UK over the next six months.
Ethel Austin is planning to open a further 100 discount clothing stores following its recent acquisition by Lloyds TSB Development Capital, and the business is expected to be sold to a trade buyer or floated in three years time.
Dunelm is to create 30 jobs at a new £7m soft furnishings distribution warehouse due to open in Burton later this year, having outgrown its existing site in Leicestershire.
Asprey & Garrard is to invest £137m in the international expansion of its luxury goods retailing business over the next five years, opening 10-15 Asprey stores and two Garrard stores.
Bank of Scotland is providing £1m of funding to Coffee Partners to double its chain of 60 Java Junction coffee shops over the next five years, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Majestic Wine has announced plans to expand its chain of wine outlets from 100 to 150 over the next seven years.
Budgens, the convenience stores operator, is to be acquired by Musgrave of Ireland for £316m, and Musgrave is looking to open up to 20 new stores a year in the UK.
Boxclever, the chain of television rental shops, has raised £748m in a bond issue, in order to restructure debt and fund the development of its Endeva repair business.
Ethel Austin, the discount clothing retailer with 238 outlets, is to undergo a £45m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
John David Sports is planning to expand its chain of stores from 166 to 350 over the next two years.
Tesco has identified 1,000 potential sites to establish Express convenience stores, and expects to open 50 on petrol forecourts this year.
Vale Royal Borough Council is considering plans from Modus Properties for the multi-million pound expansion of a shopping centre at Winsford in Cheshire.
John Lewis is to invest a further £18m in the Ocado online grocery retailing business.
Alldays is planning a financial restructuring later this year, in order to reduce debt and raise funds to refurbish its chain of 600 convenience stores.
Northern Electric is to sell its chain of more than 30 shops in the North-East and Yorkshire to management, creating a new group called Northern Retail, but 90 of the 440 jobs will be lost.
Bells Stores is to spend £7m expanding its chain of convenience stores to 70 over the next three years, and the existing 50 stores will be refurbished.
Flight Centre of Australia is planning to expand its chain of 55 UK travel outlets to 500 by 2006.
Tiso has opened an extreme sports concession at Selfridges in London, and plans to double its chain of 12 Scottish outlets by 2012.
B&M Retail is planning to expand its chain of 15 discount stores with four new sites a year, and will spend £2m doubling the warehouse capacity at its base in Blackpool.
Harvey Nichols is considering plans to open a chain of smaller 15,000 sq ft stores, following the success of an outlet in Birmingham.
Poundland, the chain of 73 discount stores, has undergone a management buy-out for about £50m.
B&Q is planning to build a DIY superstore at Bath Road in Chippenham, creating up to 170 jobs, and the developer is Parkridge Developments of London.
Yeomans Outdoors is expanding its chain of 50 outdoor equipment stores, and has just acquired six former Famous Army Stores outlets.
Asda is planning to expand its non-food offering by opening mezzanine floors in up to 30 selected stores, and the first will open in York later this year.
Courts is planning to introduce a new format at its chain of 90 furniture and electrical stores over the next two years, and is also considering further expansion in Asia.
HMV Media is planning to spend £20m opening 20 music stores and refurbishing its existing 140 stores over the next year, and expects to create 330 assistant manager jobs over the next three years.
Asda is planning to build a £28m chilled and frozen distribution centre in Falkirk, with the creation of 500 jobs, while its existing West Mains warehouse will be converted to handle tinned and bottled stock.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to open about 60 new mobile phone stores in the UK this year, and a further 60 will open in France and Spain.
Scotmid is to spend £10m acquiring convenience stores in Scotland, and is also expected to announce plans for the redevelopment of its Edinburgh headquarters.
Marks & Spencer has acquired the View From sports wear clothing label for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its portfolio of in-store brands.
Crown Estate is considering plans to relocate its London headquarters from Carlton House Terrace to one of its own new office developments in Regent Street.
Bury Council and Thornfield Properties are working on plans for the £50m expansion of Bury town centre, creating a new area for shops, offices and leisure facilities called the Rock Triangle.
Julian Graves has acquired 10 former Boxclever stores to speed up the expansion of its chain of specialist snack shops.
Hennes & Mauritz of Sweden is considering plans to open standalone cosmetic stores in the UK.
Hutchison 3G is set to open a further five telephone shops at prime locations in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has agreed plans with Richardson Cordwell Properties for the development of a £32m shopping and leisure complex in Dugdale Street, Nuneaton, and work will start next year.
Boots has announced plans for a £240m refurbishment programme over the next four years, and 300 stores will be refitted this year.
Kettering Borough Council has approved plans from JJ Gallagher for the development of a £10m B&Q Warehouse, Comet electrical store and car park in Northfield Avenue.
GUS has announced plans to raise about £375m from the flotation of a 25% stake in its Burberry fashion business, and Burberry expects to expand its chain of 69 stores with 11 new outlets this year.
New Look, the fashion retailer, has announced plans to invest £15m refurbishing 300 smaller stores.
Morrisons is looking to open its first Scottish supermarket having offered £27m for a site at the Auchinlea Park development at Easterhouse, Glasgow, where Capital & Regional is planning to create a retail and leisure park.
Hamleys is planning to expand its chain of 22 Bear Factory toy shops from 22 to about 45 over the next three years, and franchises will also be established in other countries.
Asda is planning to create 1,250 jobs at 21 distribution centres around the country, including 120 in London, 430 in Lutterworth, 120 in Chepstow, 60 in Corby and 60 in Northampton.
Co-operative Group has acquired GT Smith, the West Yorkshire-based chain of 13 stores, and will invest £4.2m converting the sites into its Market Town and Welcome formats.
Royal Doulton is to invest £6m refitting many of its 300 shops around the world, and the fascia will change to Doulton & Co.
Oxford Menswear is planning to expand its chain of 13 stores with up to 50 new sites over the next five years, and is seeking £3m of venture capital funding.
Sainsbury is to close its internet home shopping centre in Gorton and relocate the 150 staff to other stores around Manchester.
Asda has announced plans for a £13m superstore in Ellesmere Port town centre, with the transfer of hundreds of staff from its existing store and the creation of about 200 jobs.
Bhs is planning to open two Bhs at Home homeware stores in London and New York, but has not yet started searching for suitable sites.
Marks & Spencer has announced plans to open two standalone homeware stores in 2003-04 and 20 Simply Food stores this year.
Wyevale Garden Centres is to open one of its largest garden centres on a newly-acquired 10-acre site at Crowland, between Peterborough and Spalding, later this year.
East Herts Council is considering plans from Mantle Estates for a £70m town centre redevelopment scheme in Bishop's Stortford, including shops, restaurants and a public square.
Swindon Borough Council is to consider plans from Westfield for the £150m redevelopment of the Brunel shopping centre, including 100 shops, a department store and a six-screen cinema.
Midlands Co-op is to spend £14m refurbishing 28 of its 129 stores this year, and is in negotiations to acquire seven new sites.
TM Retail is refurbishing 137 of its larger stores to the More format.
Morrisons is in negotiations to acquire a third major distribution centre to help with its expansion in the south and support existing sites in Wakefield and Northwich.
Julian Graves is planning to open up to 12 specialist food shops on railway stations over the next year, if a trial in Glasgow, Manchester and Norwich is successful.
ScS Upholstery is to open five more furniture stores by the end of September, taking the total to 50.
Cardfair is planning to open 30 more greetings card shops this year, taking the total to 160.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has approved plans from Morley Fund Management and Shearer Property Holdings for the £150m redevelopment of the Southgate Centre in Bath.
Asda has announced plans to expand its chain of Supercentres from six to 13 this year, and will also open or revamp 10 other supermarket sites over the coming months.
Safeway is planning to spend £350m refurbishing about 100 stores this year, and six new outlets will open taking the total to 481.
Littlewoods is seeking permission to set up a 500-seat call centre on three storeys of its Spinney House store in Liverpool, which could involve the relocation of 210 Liverpool Direct staff and the creation of 290 new jobs.
British Land has acquired a further 43 acres of land around the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, which could lead to the development of a further 1m sq ft of retail space.
Rabbit Catering has sold its Teesside-based chain of Galley Coffee shops to the Ladhar Group of Newcastle for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 210 jobs.
Safeway is forming a joint venture with property company London & Regional to consider the development potential of its 480 stores, and possible projects include the construction of buildings on stilts in its car parks.
Faith Shoes is looking to open 12 new standalone shoe shops this year, taking the total to 35.
James Cropper, the premium paper manufacturer with four existing retail outlets, is planning to open a further six stores this year under the name of The Paper Mill Shop.
Office London is planning to double its 18-strong chain of footwear shops over the next three years.
Marks & Spencer is to install a commercial manager in each of its 310 stores, as part of a strategy to replace its regional management system.
Adams Childrenswear is planning to expand its chain of 327 stores with 40 new outlets over the next two years, and believes there is potential for up 200 new high-street locations.
Hartlepool Borough Council is to consider plans from Dransfield Properties for the development of a £20m retail scheme in the marina area.
Cambridge City Council is to consider plans for the £10m expansion of the Grafton shopping centre, which would add an extra 30,000 sq ft of retail space.
Waitrose is looking for suitable supermarket sites in Wales, Cheshire and the south west, and will extend its distribution network further north with its first store in Wrexham in 2004.
Dobbies is seeking permission to set up a £2.5m garden centre at Old Toll in Ayr.
Freeport is seeking permission for a £5m expansion of its Talke designer outlet village in Staffordshire, which will involve a number of new stores and up to 75 new jobs.
Gadget Shop is planning to expand its chain of 44 gift shops across the country, having received an equity investment of about £10m.
Birmingham City Council is to consider plans from Hawkstone Properties for a £30m retail, homes and health club development at Brassington Avenue in Sutton Coldfield town centre.
Gymboree, the children's clothing retailer, is planning to open 10 new stores this year.
Claire's Accessories is planning to invest £1m expanding its chain of five Girl Heaven stores with 10 new outlets this year, and will also set up a concessions arm.
Blacks Leisure has sold its First Sport, AV and Pure Woman sport and fashion retailing operations to John David Sports for £53m.
Confetti, the online wedding gifts business, has acquired Jerry's Home Stores, the chain of homeware stores, for undisclosed terms.
Wyevale Garden Centres has acquired the Auldene garden centre near Leyland for £3.4m, taking its chain to 122.
Matalan, the discount clothing retailer, is to invest £25m upgrading its IT systems over the next five years.
Laura Ashley is looking to open a further 50 out-of-town home furnishings stores to add to the existing 20.
Pimpernel has expanded its tablemats business with the acquisition of Cloverleaf Group, and will close Cloverleaf's Swindon factory with the loss of 90 jobs and recruit 30 new staff at its base near Consett.
Mappin & Webb is to acquire Robertsons, the London-based pawnbroker, for about £1m.
Dreams is planning to expand its chain of 65 bed stores with 15 new outlets this year.
Hammicks is planning to double its chain of 30 bookshops over the next three years, and has identified 100 possible locations.
Woolworths is planning to open a buying office in Hong Kong, to source products for its own label range.
Outback Steakhouse is planning to open up to 20 sites over the next three years, through its UK franchisee.
Freeport is to start building a 241,000 sq ft retail outlet village in the Czech Republic in May, and has also secured approval to add a further 125,000 sq ft to the Fleetwood Village in Lancashire.
Matalan is to acquire Wolsey, the Leicester-based menswear supplier with annual turnover of £14m, for undisclosed terms.
North Eastern & Cumbrian Co-op has announced a £16m expansion programme with the creation of more than 50 jobs, including a £10m investment in its chain of 145 grocery stores.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved plans from Lear Management for a £40m retail and leisure scheme in Hanley, which will create up to 400 jobs.
Tesco is about to start recruiting up to 300 staff for a new superstore due to open in Leyland in July.
Bonmarche is planning to double the number of outlets in its chain of fashion stores to more than 500, by opening about 30 sites a year.
NWF Group has acquired the Dukeries Garden Centre in Worksop for £2.4m, and now operates six Country Stores and three Garden Centres.
Premier Direct Group, the distributor of books and gifts to offices, is planning to recruit more than 200 sales staff nationwide this year.
New Look is planning to open about 40 fashion stores of up to 15,000 sq ft, and has appointed Dalgleish to find suitable sites in cheaper locations.
Harlow Council has approved plans from Wilson Bowden Developments for a £60m retail development in the town centre, including an Asda store, retail park and health club.
Ecco of Denmark is planning to open nine new shoe shops in the UK this year.
Snow & Rock, the sports and outdoors retailer, is planning to set up a new £3m head office and warehouse in Guildford next March, and staff will relocate from Chertsey and Ascot.
Vendex of the Netherlands is planning to expand its Claudia Strater fashion chain into the UK.
United Co-op is to invest £24m in its convenience stores this year, including refurbishments and the acquisition of at least 26 new stores.
Gieves & Hawkes, the menswear retailer, has accepted a £7.9m takeover bid from USI of Hong Kong.
Clinton Cards is planning to open up to 50 large-format stores following a successful trial in Bath, as part of an expansion programme that will increase its chain to more than 800 by the end of 2006.
Poundland is planning to expand its chain of 75 discount stores with up to 40 new outlets by 2004.
Arcadia is planning to open about 50 Wallis womenswear stores over the next three years, to add to the existing 125.
Body Shop is planning to open a further 50 pharmacy concessions in Ireland by next year, through its Alwywn Investments franchisee.
MFI, the furniture retailer, is to relocate its call centre and 165 staff from the Sunderland Enterprise Park to a new site in Wayfarer Road in July, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Tesco is to create 900 jobs in Scotland over the next 12 months, including new and refurbished stores in Alloa, Elgin, Forres, Penicuik and Edinburgh, and is also forming a Scottish-based sales and marketing team in Dundee.
West Norfolk Council is considering plans from Ashcroft Estates and a consortium of developers for the £50m expansion of the Vancouver shopping centre in King's Lynn.
Tesco is planning to expand its supermarkets business into Japan and China, and research teams are seeking suitable opportunities.
Jane Norman is set to expand its chain of fashion outlets from 39 to 100 over the next five years, and is expected to be valued at up to £100m in a flotation later this year.
Animal is planning to open up to 20 action sports stores in the UK over the next two years.
JJB Sports is planning to open up to 40 stores in the Netherlands, with the first having opened in Rotterdam last year.
St Modwen Properties has unveiled plans for the £50m refurbishment of the Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in London, including an Asda store, leisure centre and 750 new jobs.
Allders is planning a £8.7m refurbishment of the Arding & Hobbs department store in Clapham Junction, and will sell 10,000 sq ft of space to Persimmon for £4m for the development of residential flats.
Marks & Spencer has announced plans to refurbish 100 stores this year, at a cost of £40m.
Liz Claiborne, the US fashion retailer, is planning to expand its UK chain of 30 Elisabeth outsize clothing concessions to 95 by 2005.
Le Riche has acquired Channel Rentals, Channel Publications and Trade Advisory Business Service from ComProp for £1.7m, in order to expand its electronics retailing and publishing business in the Channel Islands.
Ikea is seeking permission to build a furniture distribution centre in Stanton, Suffolk, with the creation of 300 jobs.
House of Fraser is to invest £30m refurbishing the Rackhams department store in Birmingham by autumn 2003, while its Edinburgh store will be relocated.
Peel Holdings is planning to regenerate Gloucester's derelict dockland at a cost of £200m, including the creation of a major shopping centre, college, hotel and houses.
Ottakar's has bought eight James Thin book shops out of administration for £1.6m, and is also planning to open seven new branches this year.
T&S Stores is looking to open 100 more One Stop convenience stores and dispose of its newsagents and high street discount stores.
Hypervalue is planning to expand its chain of 31 discount stores by opening 20 new outlets a year over the next five years.
Wilson Bowden Development and Modus Properties are to go-ahead with plans to build the 350,000 sq ft Grand Arcade Shopping Centre in Wigan by 2004.
Julian Graves is planning to expand its chain of 115 specialist food shops by opening one new outlet a week until the end of the year, eventually reaching 250 stores.
Symingtons is planning to expand its chain of 21 jewellery stores to 40 by 2007, and has appointed Whitelaw Baikie Figes to find suitable sites.
Gamestation is planning to expand its chain of 44 video games shops with 22 new outlets this year, and aims to reach 250 stores by 2007.
Focus is planning to refurbish 50 of its 430 DIY stores this year.
Morada International is planning to expand its chain of three town centre textile stores to 15 within three years.
Boots is planning to open 20 Halfords car and cycle accessory shops and refurbish 60 to the Arcade format this year, as part of an ongoing programme to revive the brand.
Next, the fashion retailer, is to set up a £20m sourcing operation in Turkey over the next three years, in order to co-ordinate the manufacturing process.
Morrisons has announced plans to open 17 new supermarkets and create 4,500 jobs over the next two years, including new outlets in the south of England and Wales.
KFC is planning to open a further 15 fast food outlets in the north-east over the next three years, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Internet Cameras Direct, the online retailer of digital cameras, is planning to increase its 15-strong workforce to 60 by the end of next year, and is looking to move into larger premises in Huddersfield.
Freeport is planning to raise £49m in a rights issue to expand its chain of discount and designer shopping centres into 12 European countries.
McDonald's is creating 270 jobs in Norwich, as it prepares to open two new fast food restaurants in the city next month.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from the Cavanna Group for the construction of a £8m DIY store on the outskirts of Paignton.
French Connection is planning to open up to 20 standalone menswear stores, due to a shortage of suitable sites for its larger format.
Wyevale Garden Centres is planning to expand about 20 of its stores over the next few years, and restaurants will be added to some of the larger sites.
St Modwen is planning to develop a retail park at the former HH Robertson steelworks site in Ellesmere Port, which will create up to 300 jobs.
Beatentrack is planning to expand its chain of five railway station cafes with 15 new outlets over the next two years.
Luxury Brands is planning to raise £3m from a rights issue and private investors to finance the development of the Amies fashion brand.
Dunelm is planning to open a soft furnishings superstore in Wisbech this summer, with the creation of almost 100 jobs.
Britannia Construction has won a £8m contract to extend the Weston Favell shopping centre in Northampton.
Somerfield has won permission from St Helens Council to build a 600,000 sq ft regional distribution centre at Lea Green Industrial Estate, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Chips is planning to expand its chain of computer games stores with up to 12 new outlets this year, and is seeking sites in south and north-east London.
Adams Childrenswear is planning to raise additional funds for the rapid expansion of its chain of 400 stores.
Specsavers is planning to expand its chain of 432 optical stores with 72 new outlets this year, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
JJB Sports is to acquire TJ Hughes, the chain of 36 discount department stores, for £42m.
Greggs is planning to expand its retail bakery business into continental Europe, and is seeking suitable sites in Germany, France and Spain.
Somerfield is to invest £6.5m converting six London-based Kwik Save outlets into the Somerfield convenience format.
Kingfisher is planning to relocate its head office to a 54,000 sq ft building at Paddington Central development in London.
Mothercare is to open five out-of-town stores this year, including sites in Bristol, Walsall, Manchester, Bradford and Newcastle.
Glasswells is to invest £1m in the expansion of its furniture superstore in Bury St Edmunds this year, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Asda is recruiting 100 extra staff at its recently-refurbished superstore at Walsgrave in Coventry.
Big Food Group is planning to open 80 new Iceland stores over the next three years, and will also expand its Booker cash-and-carry and Woodward Foodservice catering operations.
Marks & Spencer is to create 80 new jobs at Bangor in Northern Ireland in May, following the £14m expansion of its store at the Bloomfield Shopping Centre.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Westfield Shoppingtowns for the £200m redevelopment of the Eagle Centre, including the creation of a department store, food court and 150 shops and restaurants.
Molton Brown is planning to open 12 more Emporium cosmetics stores over the next two years.
Thorntons is planning to open three more Signature confectionery stores over the next few months, to add to the existing nine.
Balfour is planning to expand its chain of 132 convenience stores with 100 extra outlets over the next five years, but will stay inside its southern heartland.
Great Clothes is planning to open 15 TDF fashion stores over the next five years to add to its only existing store in Bradford.
National Schoolwear Centres, the chain of 26 school wear stores, is to undergo a £0.8m management buy-out, and about 12 new outlets will open each year.
Safeway is outsourcing its returns management to Consignia in order to reduce the costs involved in dealing with faulty goods, and Consignia is now looking to set up similar partnerships with other retailers.
MFI is planning to open 45 out-of-town furniture stores this year, as well as 10 smaller high street stores.
Ethel Austin is planning to open a further 20 discount clothing stores in major cities throughout the country, to add to the existing 240.
PizzaExpress has acquired the Kettners restaurant in Soho, London, for £2m, and has also announced the acquisition of five Gourmet Pizza and Riviera restaurants, also for £2m.
Sainsbury has invited property developers to come forward with suitable sites for the planned expansion of its chain from 456 to 641 stores over the next three years.
Goldsmiths is planning to expand its chain of 161 jewellery stores with 10 new outlets a year, and is expected to refinance the business by the middle of next year.
Tesco is expected to invest £100m refurbishing 100 superstores this year.
Ciro Citterio is to invest £8m refurbishing more than half its 125 menswear stores over the next two years, and there will be seven new outlets and 30 re-sites.
Fat Face is planning to open 20 outdoor fashion stores this year, to add to the existing 50.
Daisy & Tom is planning to open four children's department stores a year, creating a nationwide chain with up to 50 sites.
McDonald's is planning to open 90 restaurants in the UK this year, taking its chain to more than 1,300 sites.
Darlington Borough Council is working on plans for the development of a new 130,000 sq ft town centre shopping centre on Commercial Street.
Storey Carpets is planning to expand its chain of carpet stores in the north of England with five new outlets this year.
McDonald's has sold 26 of its Aroma coffee bars to Caffe Nero for about £3.5m, taking the Caffe Nero chain to more than 100.
Primark is to open 12 discount clothing stores over the next year, at a cost of £100m.
Chelsfield and British Land are considering plans to form a £1bn joint venture to develop the White City shopping centre in west London.
Rusts is planning to expand its chain of 11 Swindon-based convenience stores into other parts of southern England.
Card Warehouse is planning to expand its chain of 200 card shops with about 40 new outlets this year.
B&Q is looking to open 10 DIY stores in Ireland, with the first opening in Dublin in May.
Capital Shopping Centres has confirmed plans for a "significant extension" at the Eldon Square mall in Newcastle upon Tyne, while Peer Group is planning to spend £4m extending the nearby Eldon Garden centre.
Harvey Nichols is to create more than 500 jobs when its new department store opens in Edinburgh this autumn.
Homestyle is to set up Kitchen Studio concessions in 54 Harveys and Rosebys home furnishing stores this year.
Quiksilver is planning to expand its chain of 20 Boardrider snowboard and surf wear shops to 50 over the next five years.
John Lewis is to refurbish its Brent Cross department store in London by October, at a cost of £5m.
House of Fraser is to open well-being and relaxation centres at two stores in London and Manchester this year.
Clarks is to expand its chain of 50 Ravel shoe shops with 10 new outlets by 2005.
Tomo, the newly-formed communications retailer, is planning to set up stores in every major UK city by the end of the year.
Sainsbury is planning to build a £60m distribution centre at Greenham Common in Newbury, and up to 750 jobs could be created once the scheme is given the final go-ahead.
Margram is planning to open 20 Supermart stores on petrol station forecourts in the south of England by 2003, at a cost of £100m.
Cadbury Schweppes is planning to set up a chain of coffee shops following a trial in Bath, and is particularly interested in leisure centre sites.
Tesco is setting up regional buying offices in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in order to develop closer relationships with local suppliers.
The Entertainer is to expand its chain of 28 toy shops with new outlets in Coventry, Worcester, Romford and up to four other locations this year.
Steamer Trading Cookshop is planning to expand its chain of four stores to 30 over the next few years.
Brown & Jackson is planning to open 20 new Famous Brunswick Warehouse footwear stores over the next year to add to the existing 68, which will include its first move onto the high street.
Retail Variations is planning to open 10 Past Times shops and six SF Cody giftware shops this year.
Boots is to close 19 stand-alone stores in Asia, in order to focus its international expansion on implants in stores run by companies such as Watsons in Taiwan and Tops in Thailand.
Sainsbury has announced plans to recruit 10,000 new staff this year, as a result of store extensions, refurbishments and openings.
Hennes & Mauritz of Sweden has targeted the UK for the further expansion of its fashion retailing business, and will open new stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and London this spring.
Next is creating up to 150 new jobs at its customer services call centre in Enderby, Leicestershire.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from Parkbay Developments for a £5m retail park on a 6-acre site in Brixham Road.
Hull City Council has approved plans from Dransfield Properties for a £20m retail scheme on Holderness Road, anchored by a Big W store.
Ocean Home Shopping is planning to open up to 20 furniture and homeware stores over the next three years.
Gamestation, the chain of 41 computer games stores, is to expand the workforce at its York head office from 35 to 55 this year.
Monsoon is planning to expand its chain of 145 fashion outlets with a further five over the next six months, and its chain of 149 Accessorize outlets will be expanded with a further seven.
Morning Noon & Night is planning to expand its chain of 43 Scottish convenience stores by acquiring six new sites this year.
Waitrose has announced plans to build a multi-million pound supermarket on the current Oak Hill site of a car dealership site in Wolverhampton, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Camstead has announced plans for the £5m redevelopment of the Staples stationery warehouse at Mitcham's Corner in Cambridge, in order to replace it with a food store, restaurant and flats.
Mappin & Webb, the upmarket jeweller, is to open a 4,500 sq ft flagship store in London's Old Broad Street in February 2003.
Crombie is planning to expand its chain of 40 clothing stores with five new outlets this year.
Tesco is creating 150 new jobs at its customer services call centre on the Dryburgh Industrial Estate in Dundee.
Fopp has announced plans to open five more record stores this year, including sites in London, Cambridge and Bath, to add to the existing nine.
B&Q has announced plans to set up a £15m DIY superstore at the Harbour Exchange shopping centre in east Belfast, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Tesco has acquired the United Co-op Hindley superstore near Wigan, and plans to build a £8m store on the site.
Co-operative Group is to invest £20m on refits and local stores in Scotland over the next year.
Budgens has announced plans to step up its expansion programme to 20 new convenience stores a year.
Thornfield Properties has won planning permission for the £80m redevelopment of Feltham town centre in west London, including new retail space anchored by an Asda food store.
Music Zone has increased its target for new music store openings from 10 to 15 this year, and has already identified seven sites to open before May.
D2 is planning to expand its chain of 86 denim stores through acquisitions and by opening about five new sites a year.
Borders is planning to open five new book superstores this year, taking the chain to 17, following the recent opening of a new distribution centre in Cornwall.
Topps Tiles is planning to expand its chain of 150 ceramic tile shops with 11 new sites this year.
Castlemore Securities is seeking permission to build a 105,000sq ft retail park on London Road in Wellingborough.
Asda is planning to create up to 10,000 new jobs during 2002, by opening new stores and expanding others with the introduction of new departments.
Kingfisher has announced plans to open 70 Comet electrical stores over the next five years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
Fast Retailing of Japan has announced plans to open 10 Uniqlo fashion stores in the UK over the next six months, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Rainbow Room International is planning to expand its chain of seven hairdressing franchises with two new salons in Glasgow and Ayrshire this year, creating 60 jobs.
Marks & Spencer is said to be planning to open at least 40 Simply Food convenience stores on railway stations in partnership with Compass.
James Beattie is planning to build an 80,000 sq ft department store on the Yellow Beech car park site in Telford.
Tesco has awarded a £10m contract to Portakabin to build 49 prefabricated stores this year, to help with its target of building 150 Express stores on Esso forecourts over the next two years.
Homebase is planning to install mezzanine floors in about five stores a month in order to expand space and offer new ranges, and mezzanines could be used in 150 of its 280 stores.
Ikea is planning to invest £50m extending its 11 UK stores by up to 25% over the next five years.
Domino's Pizza is planning to create 600 jobs in the north-east and Yorkshire over the next four years, by expanding its chain of pizza outlets from 12 to 60.
Laura Ashley is to set up a furniture distribution centre at Bardon in Leicestershire, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Dixons is planning to expand its 279-strong chain of The Link phone shops by adding 10-20 new outlets a year.
Safeway is looking to recruit 335 extra staff in Rushden, in preparation for the May opening of its expanded superstore in Crown Way.
Greggs is planning to open about 50 bakery and take-away shops a year, taking the total to 1,700 by 2008.
Whitbread is planning to open at least 55 Costa coffee shops in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, having agreed a franchise deal with the Jawad Business Group.
Claire's Accessories has announced plans to open a further 75 fashion stores across Europe in 2002, including 30 in the UK and 10 in Ireland.
Asda is launching a recruitment drive for up to 1,200 staff for a new Asda-WalMart store due to open in east Manchester in June.
Games Workshop has acquired 85% of Sabertooth Games, the US producer of collectible card games, for £2m.