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Retailing - 2008
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to receive plans from Aynsley Mill to develop a new shopping centre at the former Aynsley China site in Longton, including 56,000 sq ft of retail space, a craft workshop and garden centre.
Klondyke Group has bought Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton, Cheshire, out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 50 jobs.
Clas Ohlson is planning to open up to six hardware stores across the country during 2009, starting with a unit at the Arndale centre in Manchester that will create 60 jobs.
Whittard of Chelsea, the chain of 128 tea and coffee shops, has been bought out of administration by Epic Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
The Officers Club has been bought out administration by TimeC 1215, securing the future of 900 jobs in 118 fashion stores, but the remaining 32 stores will close.
Tesco is planning to build a new retail park at the former Campbell's Soup site in King's Lynn, which could create up to 300 jobs.
Co-operative Group is to submit plans to invest £100m in the development of a new 400,000 sq ft headquarters for 3,000 staff at the Northern Gateway in Manchester by 2011.
Poundland is planning to expand its chain of 200 discount stores with 35 new outlets in 2009, creating about 1,200 jobs.
Lidl is planning to expand its chain of 505 discount supermarkets with more than 50 new stores in 2009.
Jack Wolfskin of Germany is planning to set up a chain of outdoor clothing and sportswear stores in the UK, and is currently seeking retail partners.
Trade Secret is planning to open two furniture clearance warehouses in the Birmingham area in 2009.
Timpson has bought 187 Klick and Max Spielmann shops from the administrators of Bowie Castlebank for undisclosed terms, saving 545 of the 1,600 jobs.
Strategic Retail has sold 27 of its 47 Fads, Texstyle World and Leveys decorating stores out of administration to a non-executive director, securing the future of about 200 jobs.
Booths is to submit plans to build a new 36,000 sq ft supermarket at Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, as part of a £30m development that would include a new 45,000 sq ft civic centre and offices for Wyre Borough Council.
BDO Stoy Hayward has sold Style Menswear, the chain of 52 Envy fashion stores, out of administration to a new company called Envy Retail, securing the future of 800 jobs.
French Eye is expanding its chain of five fashion stores in London with three new outlets.
Lief! of the Netherlands is planning to open up to ten babywear stores in the UK over the next two years, and is currently seeking a franchise partner.
Omega International, the Doncaster-based kitchen furniture supplier, is to undergo a £30m management buy-out.
Aldi is planning to invest £50m opening about ten new discount supermarkets in North Wales over the next five years, with the creation of more than 150 jobs.
Rightway has acquired W Bevan & Sons of North Wales for undisclosed terms, creating a combined chain of 16 DIY stores with 150 staff.
Hammerson has submitted plans for the £100m third phase of the West Quay shopping centre scheme in Southampton, including 200,000 sq ft of retail space.
Republic is planning to expand its chain of 93 fashion stores with 100 new outlets over the next six years.
Greggs is planning to open a further ten bakery outlets in the North West over the next year, to add to the existing 140.
East Renfrewshire Council is to consider plans for the £60m expansion of The Avenue shopping centre in Newton Mearns, which would create 12 new stores.
Morrisons has acquired 38 stores from the Co-operative Group for £223m, and will invest £98m refurbishing the sites.
Bow Street Mall has submitted plans for the £180m expansion of its shopping centre in Lisburn city centre, including a 260,000 sq ft department store, 30 retail units and the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Perry Uniform is to set up a new 15,000 sq ft clothing production and design site in Bramley, Leeds, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
Aldi is to create about 500 jobs in Kent over the next few years, including the opening of a £40m depot on the Isle of Sheppey and a number of discount supermarkets.
Costco is planning to expand its chain of 21 wholesale depots by opening two or three new sites a year.
Cash Generator is to invest £23m in the expansion of its chain of more than 70 second-hand goods stores to 200 over the next five years, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Card Factory is to acquire almost 80 of the 280 Celebrations Group greetings card stores out of administration, securing the future of 500 jobs.
KFC is planning to expand its chain of 780 fast-food restaurants in the UK and Ireland with 45 new outlets in 2009, and its US parent company is considering the introduction of the Taco Bell brand to the UK.
Halfords is considering plans to open a chain of up to 50 Cycle Republic stores, depending on the success of two trial outlets in Norwich and York.
Mk One has sold 85 of its 125 fashion stores out of administration to Internacionale, securing the future of 800 jobs.
Home Retail Group has bought the Alba and Bush trademarks from electrical goods supplier Alba for £15m, and Alba will change its name to Harvard International.
Tesco has confirmed plans to build a new store in Welshpool, with the creation of 163 jobs.
Shakeaholic is expanding its milk shake bars business in the North East from two outlets to five by January, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Tesco has submitted plans to Bolton Council to build a new store in Farnworth, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Caffe Nero is planning to expand its chain of 393 coffee shops with at least 35 new outlets in the UK and abroad over the next year.
Duffer of St George, the fashion brand, has been bought out of administration by a management team operating under the name of Nihoco 3493.
H&T Group has acquired James Hempseed & Son, the Glasgow-based second-hand goods and jewellery retailer, taking its total chain to 103 outlets.
Supergroup is planning to open up to 40 Cult Clothing and Superdry fashion stores over the next three years, having appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to find suitable sites.
Floors 2 Go is planning to open a further 20 flooring stores over the next year.
Waitrose is to set up a 34,218 sq ft store in Weston-super-Mare by summer 2009, with the creation of 160 jobs.
B&Q has unveiled plans for its new headquarters in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, and hopes to relocate about 1,500 staff to the site by 2011.
Peacocks has raised £20m from two US hedge funds to expand its chain of 460 discount fashion stores with up to 40 new outlets a year.
Mills Group is planning to expand its chain of 75 convenience stores with six new outlets next year.
New Look, the fashion retailer, is considering plans to relocate its executive functions from Weymouth to a new London headquarters of up to 50,000 sq ft.
Shuropody is planning to expand its chain of 53 footwear stores to at least 100 over the next five years, and an 18-month refit programme for the existing stores will begin in January.
Headmasters is to open a further five hairdressing salons in the South East, taking its chain to more than 40.
Sainsbury's has announced plans to build a new store at Hardwick Junction in King's Lynn, which could create up to 400 jobs.
Hardy Amies, the London-based tailor and dressmaker, has been bought out of administration by Li & Fung of Hong Kong and most of its remaining stores will close.
Juicy Couture of the US is planning to open its first fashion store in the UK, with negotiations taking place for a 5,000 sq ft unit on Bruton Street in London.
Specsavers is considering plans to set up a 55,000 sq ft office at the Fusion 3 development on the Solent Business Park near Southampton early next year.
Asda has won approval from Wansbeck Council for a new £25m 53,000 sq ft store at Portland Park in Ashington, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Tesco has won permission to build a new 60,000 sq ft superstore at Summerhill in west Aberdeen, with the creation of about 300 jobs.
Sally Hair & Beauty Supplies is relocating its European headquarters at Winnersh Triangle near Reading to a larger 24,000 sq ft unit on the same park.
Beyond Retro is seeking suitable sites to open more vintage clothing stores in London and cities such as Brighton, Glasgow and Manchester.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill has bought 77 Rosebys curtains stores out of administration, securing the future of 495 jobs.
John Lewis is to create about 150 jobs at a new food hall due to open at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent early next year.
Dunelm Mill is to create 150 jobs at a new 36,000 sq ft soft furnishings store due to open at Friary Retail Park in Plymouth in December.
Primark is planning to open at least 12 more discount fashion stores in the UK and Spain over the next year.
Pets at Home is planning to expand its chain of 220 pet stores with ten new branches by the end of the year and 20 during 2009.
Sainsbury's is to submit plans to East Lindsey District Council to build a 25,000 sq ft store in Louth, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Sainsbury's is planning to build up to five £8m regional anaerobic digester plants by 2010, in order to process all of the food waste from its nationwide supermarket chain.
Red 5 is planning to open three gift stores at Westfield London, Southampton and Milton Keynes.
Sainsbury's is to set up a 25,000 sq ft concept store to trial trading formats at a warehouse in Park Royal, West London.
Ghost, the chain of 33 fashion stores with 142 staff, has been bought out of administration by the owner of Hawes & Curtis.
BrightHouse is planning to open 15 electrical stores in the Manchester area over the next few years, with the creation of about 100 jobs, and believes there is potential to expand the nationwide chain from 177 to 600.
Oldham Council is to consider plans from Copley Square for a £20m retail development on Featherstall Road, which would create 100 jobs.
Asda is to submit plans to build a new 31,000 sq ft store in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Carpetright is planning to acquire the chain of 94 Sleepright bed concessions for less than £1m.
Apple has won planning consent to set up a 30,000 sq ft computer products store and a 30,000 sq ft European headquarters at Covent Garden in London.
Sweaty Betty is planning to double its chain of 20 women's sportswear stores over the next five years.
Lincolnshire Co-operative is to invest £7m in improvements to the Birchwood shopping centre in Lincoln by 2010, including new shops and offices.
Co-operative Group is looking to dispose of 126 local stores, in order to gain approval from the Office of Fair Trading for the £1.6bn acquisition of Somerfield.
JW Filshill of Glasgow is looking to expand its delivered wholesale business into England over the coming weeks.
Tesco is planning to build a 140,000 sq ft store at a 500,000 sq ft retail, leisure and office development being designed by Glenn Howells for a 38-acre site in West Bromwich.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to consider plans from Realis Estates to build a £250m shopping centre in Hanley, including 70 stores, a cinema, a hotel and the creation of 2,000 jobs.
Casual Male Retail Group of the US is considering plans to open high street fashion stores for large men in the UK, but will start by selling online.
Carphone Warehouse is considering plans to open a new chain of electronics stores offering wireless products, games and digital TV content, depending on the success of a trial at Westfield London.
David Sands is planning to expand its chain of 24 Kinross-based convenience stores with two new stores this year.
Tesco has submitted plans to Liverpool City Council to build a Tesco Extra store in Toxteth, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Tesco is planning to build a new 45,000 sq ft store in Caernarfon, with the creation of at least 320 jobs.
Alfred Jones is planning to expand its Warrington-based chain of 75 convenience stores to 100 over the next few years.
Coffee Republic is looking to open a further 20 coffee bars in Scotland, having appointed King Sturge to find suitable sites.
Bestseller Group of Denmark is planning to open up to 12 Vero Moda and Jack & Jones fashion stores in the UK next year, having appointed Harper Dennis Hobbs to find suitable sites.
No Name of Greece is planning to open separate menswear and womenswear stores at Westfield London, and is also looking at Birmingham and Manchester.
Steamer Trading Cookshop is planning to expand its chain of 18 kitchenware stores to 30 by 2011.
Specsavers is planning to expand its chain of 603 optical stores with 20 new outlets in the London area over the next 18 months.
WH Smith is considering plans to expand its chain of 80 hospital-based stationery outlets to a further 50 sites over the next five years.
Sainsbury's is planning to build a 50,000 sq ft store at Bromsgrove Retail Park, with the creation of more than 400 jobs.
Crawley Borough Council has unveiled proposals for the £750m redevelopment of Crawley town centre, including offices, a hotel and a new John Lewis department store.
Joy has been bought out of administration by a new company called Louche London, securing the future of about 150 jobs at 12 fashion stores.
Oswestry Borough Council is to consider plans from Liberty Mercian for a £56m retail development at Smithfield Cattlemarket, including a cinema, restaurants and the creation of 800 jobs.
Tesco has unveiled plans to build a 25,000 sq ft store at Cefn Mawr, near Wrexham, with the creation of 140 jobs, which would involve the relocation of NEWI Cefn Druids to a new 5,000-capacity football ground.
Pizza Hut is to invest £100m in its chain of 700 restaurants over the next six years, including new outlets and a change of name to Pasta Hut.
Van Hage is to set up an 89,000 sq ft garden centre at Peterborough Garden Park by next autumn.
Argos is looking to open up to 30 smaller catalogue stores of about 3,500 sq ft in London.
La Senza is planning to open a further 20 lingerie stores by March 2009, and is also introducing hair accessories, jewellery and cosmetics.
Next has acquired Lipsy, the fashion brand with annual turnover of £20m, for an initial £17m.
NWF Group has sold its six garden centres in Cheshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to Notcutts for £14m.
Ethicalsuperstore has raised £1m from NorthStar Equity Investors and Rathbone Greenbank to fund the expansion of its Gateshead-based online shopping business and the increase in its workforce from 25 to 40 over the next year.
Tesco is to create more than 350 new jobs across Northern Ireland this year, and a new store is due to open in Ballymena next month.
Waitrose is planning to open hundreds of convenience stores in town centres and railway stations across the country, with the first opening in Nottingham in December.
Bosideng of China is linking up with Greenwoods to open up to 100 menswear stores in the UK over the next five years, having just opened the first in Bury St Edmunds.
Norton & Townsend, the London-based network of bespoke tailors, has been bought out of administration by Salts of Saltaire for undisclosed terms.
MFI has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of up to 3,100 jobs in its furniture retailing business.
Collections Group has acquired Frank Bird, the operator of menswear stores in Barnsley and Wakefield with 23 buying and sales staff, for undisclosed terms.
Cinnabon is planning to open up to 40 bakery outlets across the UK over the next four years, having opened the first in London's Piccadilly Circus in July.
White Stuff is to open new fashion stores in Cardiff, Marlborough and Shrewsbury in the next month.
Guess of the US is planning to open five accessories stores in the UK by the end of the year, with the first due to open in Bromley.
Tampopo is to invest £2.2m in the expansion of its Manchester-based chain of five noodle bars, having secured funding from the Co-operative Bank.
Marks & Spencer is to set up a 1.1m sq ft distribution centre at ProLogis Park in Bradford.
Beanscene, the Glasgow-based chain of coffee shops, is to be bought out of administration by Fifi & Ally, securing the future of 130 jobs.
Clapham House is planning to expand its chain of 53 Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurants with four new sites by the end of the year.
Dobbies Garden Centres has unveiled plans to open a new £8.5m garden centre in Aberdeen by October 2009, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q chain of DIY stores, is considering plans to relocate its tax base to a lower-cost country such as Ireland or Luxembourg.
Ping Pong is planning to expand its London-based chain of six dim sum restaurants with up to 20 takeaway outlets over the next four years.
JoJo Maman Bebe is looking to expand its chain of 22 maternity and nursery stores with eight new outlets a year.
Mamas & Papas is planning to expand its chain of 31 maternity and nursery stores with 12 new outlets by the end of next year.
Roadchef is to invest £20m refurbishing its larger motorway service stations over the next few years.
Holland & Barrett is to acquire Julian Graves, the chain of 345 health food stores, for undisclosed terms.
Nevisport is looking to double its chain of ten outdoor clothing stores, including its first outlets in southern England.
Faith has been acquired by Kinnaird and investment fund Agilo for undisclosed terms, securing the future of more than 2,000 jobs at its chain of shoe shops.
Thresher is planning to open 15 new wine stores by the end of the year, including five Wine Racks and ten under The Local brand.
Original Factory Shop is to increase the expansion rate for its chain of 91 discount stores by opening more than 20 new outlets a year, having identified 700 suitable towns.
South Somerset Council has approved plans for the £45m expansion of the Quedam shopping centre in Yeovil, including 25 new units.
GT News, the chain of convenience stores in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, has undergone a management buy-out.
Change Capital Partners has sold Jil Sander, the fashion label with 61 stores worldwide, to Onward Holdings of Japan for £135m.
Mountain Warehouse is looking to expand its chain of outdoor clothing stores further into Scotland, having just acquired outlets in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling and East Kilbride.
Adams Childrenswear is planning to expand its chain of 260 stores with ten new shops and concessions this year, and a further 20 will open next year.
A-Wear of Ireland is planning to open three fashion stores in the UK this year and a further ten next year.
Aberdeenshire Council has approved plans from Hermiston Securities for the development of a new retail park in Peterhead, including up to eight shops and the creation of 300 jobs.
Quintain Estates is planning to set up a multicultural food market at its 200,000 sq ft Wembley Retail Park development in London, in order to house about 40 traders from the closed Oriental City.
Guiton Group has sold Channel Island Newsagents, the Jersey-based chain of 12 convenience stores, to Channel Island Wholesale Group for undisclosed terms.
GO Outdoors is to create 30 jobs at a new camping superstore due to open in Wolverhampton in September.
New Look is creating 70 new jobs at its clothing distribution centre at the Lymedale Business Park in Staffordshire.
Wolverine of the US has appointed Harper Dennis Hobbs to advise on the expansion of its footwear chain in the UK.
Sainsbury's is to proceed with plans to set up a 670,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Bridge scheme in Dartford, and the site will be operated by DHL.
The Entertainer is to expand its chain of 42 toy shops with five new outlets this year.
Dwell is planning to expand its chain of 11 furniture stores to 50 over the next four years.
Mamas & Papas is planning to open four more nursery stores in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff and London this year.
House of Fraser is to invest £150m in the overhaul of its department stores by the end of the year, including outlets in Leeds, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Reading, Edinburgh and Bluewater.
Brew is planning to set up a chain of tea shops, including four outlets in Liverpool.
Tibits of Switzerland is planning to open its first two vegetarian restaurants in London by October, including sites at Regent Street and Westfield.
KFC is to pilot a new breakfast menu and earlier opening hours at its 15 fast food outlets in the Tyne Tees area, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Big Johns is to invest £2m in the expansion of its Birmingham-based chain of 15 fast food outlets, including 20 new sites and the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Floors 2 Go, the chain of 80 flooring stores, has been bought out of administration by its original founder operating under the name of Floor My Home, securing the future of 300 jobs.
Individual Restaurant Company has secured £18m from Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets to fund the expansion of its chain of 30 restaurants with seven new outlets across the country this year.
Faith, the chain of 85 footwear stores and 130 concessions, is considering plans for a management buy-out.
Vodafone is looking to open a further 50 mobile phone stores with the creation of 200 jobs.
Primark, the discount clothing retailer, is to set up a 640,000 sq ft distribution centre at Thrapston in Northamptonshire.
Milestone Country Living is to set up a £1.5m retail park next to the Plants R Ross nursery in Easington, County Durham, by next March, enabling local businesses to sell natural and homemade products.
Tesco is to submit plans to Rotherham Council to build a new store on its existing site in Dinnington, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Tesco is to invest £60m in an alliance with the Tata conglomerate to open three cash-and-carry stores in India over the next two years.
Helly Hansen is planning to open its first outdoor clothing store in the UK next year.
Lloyd Maunder has sold its 13 butcher shops in Devon and Cornwall to a management buy-out operating under the name of West Country Family Butchers.
Oddbins, the chain of 150 off-licence stores, has been sold by Castel Freres of France to a group led by the son of its former owner for undisclosed terms.
Flexa of Denmark is planning to open up to five furniture stores in Scotland, having appointed Montagu Evans to find suitable sites.
McDonald's is launching a recruitment drive for 4,000 staff for its fast food restaurants across the country.
Ellis Brigham, the outdoor clothing retailer, is to set up a new £4m 80,000 sq ft warehouse and headquarters at Brunel Avenue in Salford.
Decathlon of France is planning to expand its UK chain of six sportswear stores to 40 over the next five years.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold Beds Direct out of administration to a management team operating under the name of Helibeds, securing the future of 20 of the 42 stores.
TJ Morris is planning to expand its chain of Home Bargains discount stores from 140 to more than 500 over the next few years.
Crystal Galleries is relocating its Middlesbrough-based gifts business and 54 staff to a new £1m site on Skippers Lane Industrial Estate.
Dunelm Group is to acquire the Dorma soft furnishings brand from Dawson International for £5m.
The St David's Partnership has launched a recruitment drive for 4,000 staff for the new St David's shopping centre due to open in Cardiff next year, in partnership with John Lewis, Jobcentre Plus and local councils.
East of England Co-operative Society is to set up a new head office at Wherstead Park in Ipswich by the end of the year.
ProCook, the Cheltenham-based kitchenware retailer, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 260 jobs at 39 stores.
Desigual of Spain is planning to open a further five fashion stores across the UK over the next two years.
BrightHouse is to expand its chain of 168 electrical stores with 25 new outlets this year and up to 40 next year.
Shuropody is planning to open ten footcare stores over the next five months, having bought the Scholl retail business from Alliance Boots.
Krispy Kreme is looking to expand its chain of 40 doughnut stores across the country, with the first Scottish outlets opening by the end of 2010.
Waitrose is planning to open a 23,000 sq ft supermarket in Colchester by October 2009.
Myla has raised £2.7m from investors to fund the expansion of its upmarket lingerie business.
Dune is planning to expand its chain of 43 footwear stores by opening new outlets in Westfield London and Liverpool One in September and by relocating smaller stores to larger sites.
Best Buy of the US is to open its first UK electrical stores in Thurrock, Staines and London, and is expected to open up to 20 outlets next year.
Tesco is to seek permission to build a Tesco Extra store at Bulwell in Nottingham, which could create 440 jobs by the end of next year.
Blacks Leisure is planning to open five more "test stores" in Edinburgh, Bristol and Newcastle in September, including two trading as Millets.
Co-operative Group is to acquire Somerfield, the Bristol-based chain of 880 supermarkets, for £1.6bn, and up to 120 stores are expected to be sold on to other retailers.
Tesco has unveiled plans to extend its store in Rugby, with the creation of 200 jobs.
BP is considering plans to open up to 50 standalone Wild Bean Cafes by the end of next year, having just opened the first at Portsmouth's Continental Ferry Port.
JJB Sports is seeking a suitable site in Liverpool to set up a headquarters for its new lifestyle division, in order to support the planned growth of the Original Shoe Company and Qube stores from 100 to 150.
John Lewis is to bring its 80 property staff together into a single department, in preparation for the expansion of its chain of 26 department stores to more than 50 over the next ten years.
Lunson Mitchenall has been appointed by Soleil Sucre of France to find suitable locations to open two lingerie stores in the UK by the end of the year.
Ollie & Nic is planning to open 30 bags and accessories stores across the country over the next five years, having appointed CWM to find locations of about 650 sq ft.
ScS Upholstery has sold its chain of 96 furniture stores out of administration to Sun European Partners, securing the future of more than 1,300 jobs.
Harry Irving & Co, the Bootle-based pet products supplier, has been bought out of administration by Petlife Ventures.
Lincoln City Council is to consider plans from Modus for the development of a new shopping centre at Lindongate by 2012, including 34 shops and 180 apartments.
Westfield is to proceed with plans to develop a £1.5bn retail and leisure scheme at the London Olympics site by 2011, including about 300 stores.
Aldi is planning to expand its chain of 400 discount supermarkets to 1,500 in a £1.5bn five-year investment programme, and 1,500 new jobs will be created this year.
Astley Clarke has raised £2.7m from Index Ventures to fund the expansion of its online jewellery business.
Clas Ohlson of Sweden is to open its first UK electricals store at the Whitgift centre in Croydon later this year, and further outlets will follow over the next three years.
Happit, the Dunfermline-based discount clothing retailer, has been bought out of administration by 2nd Thoughts, securing the future of 233 jobs at 32 stores.
Co-operative Pharmacy is to relocate its national distribution centre and up to 200 jobs from Wolstanton to a new £15m 190,000 sq ft warehouse being built at Meir Park in Staffordshire by the end of 2009.
Leon is planning to open up to five healthy fast-food outlets this year, including two sites in Bristol.
The Connswater Shopping Centre in east Belfast is to undergo a £6m 40,000 sq ft extension by the end of the year, with the creation of 50 jobs.
John Lewis is said to have agreed to set up an 80,000 sq ft warehouse and office at a new development being built by Graftongate at Cabot Park in Bristol.
Schuh is planning to expand its chain of 50 footwear stores with new outlets in Bristol, Cambridge, London and Ireland.
Simpsons Garden Centre in Inverness is to increase its workforce from 65 to 100 next spring, following a £1.5m expansion programme.
Maplin is to expand its chain of electronics stores by opening 21 new outlets this year.
American Golf is planning to open a further three golfing equipment stores this year, and may roll out a new store format next year.
Tesco is planning to expand its store at Wragby Road in Lincoln by 2010, with the creation of up to 210 jobs.
Ocado, the online grocery retailer, is to set up a 10,500 sq ft distribution centre at a new business park being built by Eshton Gregory at Birstall near Leeds in August.
MediCare Pharmacy Group has acquired Dundee Pharmacy Group, the chain of 22 pharmacies in Northern Ireland with 230 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Marks & Spencer is to consolidate its head office operations in London's Paddington by setting up a 160,000 sq ft office at the Carmine building in Merchant Square, which is due for completion in 2010.
Laura Ashley is in negotiations to set up a clothing and home furnishings distribution centre at the 310,000 sq ft Celestia site in Milton Keynes, which could also involve the relocation of its head office from Fulham.
Geox of Italy is planning to expand its chain of three footwear stores in the UK to 20 by the end of next year.
Halfords is planning to expand its chain of 450 motor accessory stores with up to 20 new outlets a year, including both neighbourhood and larger store formats.
Ted Baker is planning to open a further nine womenswear stores over the next year.
Starbucks has reached agreement with SSP to open more than 150 coffee bars in European railway stations and airports over the next three years.
Park Resorts is planning to open Costa coffee outlets at many of its 37 holiday parks.
Pasty Presto has secured £1.5m from Clydesdale Bank to fund the expansion of its nationwide chain of 22 coffee and pastries shops.
LK Bennett, the chain of about 70 fashion stores, is expected to be acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners for up to £100m.
Alliance Boots is to invest up to £1bn in capital expenditure for its health and beauty business over the next three years, and has also announced the transfer of its headquarters from Nottingham to Switzerland.
Netto is planning to expand its chain of 185 discount stores with a further 13 outlets over the next six months.
Noukie's of Belgium is planning to open its first toy shop in the UK early next year, and believes there is scope for up to 150 company-owned and franchised outlets.
Jack Wills is to open a new chain of upmarket clothing stores under the Aubin & Wills fascia, including outlets in Wimbledon, Brighton, Edinburgh and Exeter.
Lipsy is planning to open a chain of up to 25 standalone fashion stores in the UK, having appointed CWM to find suitable locations of about 2,000 sq ft.
Primark is planning to open its first clothing stores in Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands next year.
Park Garage is planning to expand its chain of 82 Park & Shop forecourt stores into a nationwide business.
Unilever has sold Persil Services, its chain of 75 in-store dry cleaning outlets, to Timpsons for undisclosed terms.
Papa John's has appointed property firm Colliers CRE to advise on the nationwide expansion of its pizza restaurants, with plans to open 25 outlets this year.
Wilkinson is planning to open at least 12 discount stores this year, including its first Scottish store at Castle Douglas.
Neal's Yard Remedies is planning to expand its chain of 31 natural health stores with ten new outlets this year.
Tesco has unveiled plans to build a 25,000 sq ft store in Bideford, North Devon, with the creation of up to 180 jobs.
Tragus is planning to open 24 Cafe Rouge restaurants a year, and hopes to double the 100-strong chain by 2016.
Laura Ashley is planning to open about 33 fashion and homewares stores this year.
Mk One has sold 100 of its 172 fashion stores out of administration to a former director.
Chips is planning to double turnover at its computer games retailing business to £20m within three years, including new stores in Tyne & Wear, Leeds and Harrogate and the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Sainsbury's is planning to build a new store at Hardwick Junction in King's Lynn with the creation of 400 jobs, enabling Pinguin Foods to invest in new buildings at the site for its 75 staff.
Musgrave Retail Partners GB is to invest £33m in the expansion of the supply chain for its Budgens convenience stores franchise, including £10m at its Wellingborough depot and £5m at Andover.
Dunelm Mill is to create up to 90 jobs at a new 33,000 sq ft soft furnishings store due to open on the Ringway Industrial Estate in Huddersfield in September.
Morrisons is to re-open a 29,000 sq ft former Safeway store in Blandford in November, with the creation of 140 jobs.
JJB Sports has acquired Qube Footwear, the chain of 22 fashion footwear stores, from West Coast Capital for a nominal sum.
Mothercare is looking to open a further 30 out-of-town babycare stores, and will also re-site and merge a number of city centre stores.
Theo Fennell is planning to open up to 20 standalone jewellery stores in the UK and abroad over the next three years.
Moda in Pelle is planning to expand its chain of 30 footwear stores to 50 over the next three years.
Dunelm Mill is seeking permission to set up a new 40,000 sq ft home furnishings store in Bridgend, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Asda is to create more than 400 jobs at a new store due to open this autumn at Western Harbour in Edinburgh.
Ethel Austin has been bought out of administration by Elaine McPherson, saving 200 jobs at the Merseyside-based chain of discount fashion stores.
Feather & Black is planning to open three standalone Comfort Control mattress stores this autumn, which could lead to a chain of 50 outlets for the new format.
OKA is planning to expand its chain of ten upmarket furniture stores with up to 20 new outlets over the next three years.
Au Naturale has sold its 46 remaining homewares stores out of administration to an unnamed buyer, saving 550 jobs in Scotland.
Nike, the sportswear supplier, is to set up a new headquarters at the Doxford International business park in Sunderland, including space for almost double the 100-plus staff employed at its existing site nearby.
Tesco has acquired 36 Homever hypermarkets in South Korea from E-Land Group for £958m.
Morrisons is to submit plans to build a new store at Illingworth, Halifax, with the creation of 220 new jobs and the transfer of 150 jobs from its existing store.
Caldeira of Knowsley has bought Fabric Warehouse, the chain of 14 homeware stores, out of administration.
Foogo of Lincoln is planning to set up a nationwide chain of 40 convenience food stores.
Kleeneze is planning to create more than 100 new jobs at its Accrington-based mail-order catalogue distribution business.
HMV has announced a £50m investment programme that will include the opening of five new music and book stores this year and the refurbishment of up to 15.
Vision Express has acquired Batemans, the Surrey-based chain of 75 opticians, for undisclosed terms, and is now looking to open a further 50 outlets.
The Works, the chain of 226 book stores, has been bought out of administration by private equity firm Endless, securing the future of about 2,200 jobs.
Lush is looking to double its chain of 88 cosmetics stores in the UK over the coming years.
Crew Clothing is planning to open ten fashion stores in the UK this year, and is seeking sites of up to 2,500 sq ft.
Carphone Warehouse has secured a £1.1bn investment from US-based Best Buy, in order to develop a chain of consumer electronics stores on retail parks across the UK and Europe.
Austin Reed is planning to open a further 30 fashion stores in the UK and Ireland this year.
Oxfam is planning to open a chain of fashion boutiques selling a mix of new and donated clothes.
Toni & Guy is considering plans to set up a 69,000 sq ft warehouse at ProLogis Park in Heathrow, in order to distribute equipment for its hairdressing salons.
Patisserie Valerie and Druckers are planning to expand their chain of 55 bakeries with 30 new outlets over the next three years.
Specsavers, the optical chain, is to set up a 34,000 sq ft service centre at the NG2 business park in Nottingham within six months, with the relocation of 70 jobs from its existing Wilford site.
Tesco is to create 300 new customer service jobs at its call centre in Dundee.
Gerry Weber of Germany is planning to open up to ten womenswear stores a year in the UK and Ireland over the next five years.
Habitat is to close its Torrington Place office in central London at the end of June, in order to relocate the staff to its site on Princelet Street.
Oliver Bonas is to expand its chain of 22 accessories stores with four new outlets in London.
Mk One, the chain of 172 fashion stores, has been sold by Baugur to retail restructuring specialist Hilco UK.
Asda is seeking permission to build a £25m 53,000 sq ft superstore in Ashington, Northumberland, with the creation of 250 new jobs and the transfer of 330 staff from an existing store.
N Brown is planning to create about 150 jobs at its home shopping business in Greater Manchester this year, in order to expand its IT, marketing, buying and distribution operations.
Aldi is to open a further four discount food stores in North Wales over the next two years, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Prostar is to relocate its Wakefield-based sportswear business to a 67,000 sq ft unit at the Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate in late spring.
Matalan is to invest £20m in the refurbishment of its chain of discount clothing stores over the next year.
Blossom Mother & Child is planning to open upmarket maternity stores at Marylebone high street in London and at the Westfield shopping centre.
Ghost is planning to open five womenswear stores a year, to add to its existing 13 boutique shops and 27 concessions.
Brantano is planning to open about ten footwear stores this year, while a number of underperforming outlets will be closed.
Krispy Kreme is planning to expand its chain of 36 doughnut and coffee outlets with 11 new sites this year.
Primark is planning to expand its chain of 173 discount fashion stores by opening eight new outlets over the next six months.
Asda is investing £1.5m in the development of a new home shopping service in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Leekes is looking into the possibility of opening two new furniture and home accessories stores in South Wales, and is also planning an expanded online shopping service and a new in-store interior design studio.
Living Ventures is looking to recruit 50 staff for a new £1m Blackhouse seafood and steak restaurant due to open in Leeds in May.
Co-operative Group is to invest £1.5bn in the transformation of its estate of more than 4,300 retail outlets over the next three years, in order to create a single unified brand.
Kutchenhaus is planning to open a kitchen equipment store in York with the creation of 20 jobs.
Pets at Home is planning to expand its chain of 213 pet shops with 20 new outlets this year, and owner Bridgepoint has ruled out a sale or flotation.
Pacific Direct, the Bedford-based beauty products distributor, has been acquired by private equity firm Primary Capital for £20m.
Nike is looking to open up to seven company-owned sportswear stores in the UK, with the first in central Manchester.
Mimco of Australia is planning to open up to ten fashion accessories stores in the UK, having appointed CWM to find suitable locations of up to 1,000 sq ft in London.
Rossopomodoro is planning to open up to 12 Italian restaurants in London by 2010, having appointed Richard Susskind & Co to find suitable locations.
Natuzzi is planning to open up to 30 franchised furniture stores outside London over the next five years, and a further ten company-owned stores will open in London by 2010.
Celebrations Group is planning to expand its 280 greetings card stores with 40 additional Card Warehouse outlets over the next 12 months, having appointed King Sturge to find suitable locations.
Anglia Regional Co-operative Society is planning to acquire new sites and revamp or expand existing stores, having secured a £60m cash injection from three banks.
Clic Time is planning to open 22 watch sales kiosks across the country, with the creation of 66 jobs.
Amazon is planning to create 1,700 jobs at its newly-opened distribution centre in Swansea over the next five years.
Carphone Warehouse is to invest £45m in a store expansion and refurbishment programme this year, as well as £85m in its telecoms network and £70m in IT development.
Caerphilly Council is to consider plans from Bird Group for a £60m retail, office and housing scheme at a former foundry site in Risca, including 500 jobs at a new Tesco Extra store.
The Consortium, the Trowbridge-based educational supplies mail order firm with 240 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
GO Outdoors, the Sheffield-based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, has raised £18m to fund a nationwide expansion programme.
Hawes & Curtis, the shirt retailer, is to open concessions in eight House of Fraser stores this year, and will also open its first store in the US.
Multiyork is planning to expand its chain of 61 furniture stores with about 15 new outlets over the next three years.
Brooks Brothers of the US is planning to open ten fashion stores in major UK cities and a further 15 in smaller towns.
Tesco is planning to open at least 150 Express convenience stores this year, to add to the existing 810.
Tesco is planning to build a new larger Tesco Extra store at its existing St Mellons site in Cardiff, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Straits Trading, the Accrington-based giftware distributor with 27 staff, has undergone a £2.3m management buy-out.
MJL Group of Abercynon is to create up to 50 jobs over the next year, having won a new contract to provide health and safety services to Domino's Pizza.
Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for a 195,000 sq ft store at Ellesmere Port's Cheshire Oaks development, with the creation of about 500 jobs.
Black & Lizars, the Scottish chain of 25 opticians with 255 staff, has been sold to an investment consortium advised by Dundas & Wilson for £20m.
Cash Generator, the chain of 73 second-hand stores, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand to 160 outlets over the next five years.
Bunches is planning to expand the workforce at its Mansfield-based mail order flowers business from 35 to 70 over the next three years, having just opened a new production facility in Newstead Village.
Sass & Bide of Australia is planning to open its first company-owned fashion store in the UK, having instructed BC Commercial to find a 1,000 sq ft premises in London.
Alliance Boots has acquired HF Healthcare, the chain of 25 pharmacies in the north of England with 240 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Evans Cycles, the London-based chain of 31 cycle stores, has sold a majority stake in the business to private equity firm Active for undisclosed terms.
Dobbies Garden Centres is to acquire the Sandyholm garden centre at Crossford in Lanarkshire for £8m.
JA Magson has bought the Toyzone chain of toy shops and the Youngsters toy buying business out of administration.
Jysk of Denmark has unveiled plans to open up to 25 furniture and homewares stores a year in the UK, and could eventually have a chain of 500.
Ferrari is planning to open a 7,000 sq ft merchandise store on London's Regent Street later this year.
Travis Perkins has acquired Tile It All, the chain of 16 tile stores in the North East and Scotland, creating a combined chain of 67 outlets.
Coffee Nation, the network of vending machines with 550 sites nationwide, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Milestone Capital.
Co-operative Pharmacy has acquired A Robertson & Son, the chain of three pharmacies in Fife with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Hitchens is to acquire Wallgate Services, the Reading-based retail outsourcing firm, for £8.7m.
Woolworths is seeking retail partners to share space in 80 of its high street stores, with Somerfield having agreed to open food concessions in three outlets.
Carpetright has acquired Melford Commercial Properties, the parent company of Carpetworld Manchester, from Jensen Group for £7.2m, as well as Dutch carpet retailer Ben de Graaff Tapijt for £6.3m.
Tiffinbites is planning to open 50 franchised fast food outlets in the UK by the end of next year.
Ego, the Chester-based chain of five Mediterranean-style restaurants, has undergone a management buy-in backed with up to £9.1m from private equity firm LDC, and plans to open up to ten new outlets a year.
Recruit Retail Services has acquired Kennedy Clayton, the Dewsbury-based shopfitting and installation firm.
Wynnstay is looking to expand its chain of 11 Just for Pets stores with between 20 and 30 new outlets.
HMV is to open its first music and games store at a motorway service station in April, at Stop 24 near Dover.
Somerfield is to sell seven supermarkets to Tesco for about £100m, and is still seeking a buyer for the remainder of the 900 stores.
Welcome Break, the chain of 24 motorway service stations, has been acquired by an investment group led by Dutch bank NIBC for an estimated £500m.
JT Morgan, the Swansea department store, has been bought out of administration by a management team.
Sainsbury's is to invest £273m in a joint venture with British Land to buy back 39 retail sites, in order to add about 500,000 sq ft of selling space and increase non-food sales.
Marks & Spencer is said to be considering plans to set up a new 500,000 sq ft headquarters in London, in order to consolidate staff from Paddington, Stockley Park and Salford Quays.
Farmers' City Market is planning to open a further three premium food stores in the London area this year, and could eventually take the chain nationwide.
Ethicalsuperstore, the Tyneside-based supplier of eco-friendly products, is looking to raise £3m of venture capital, in order to relocate to larger premises and increase its workforce from 25 to 60 by 2010.
Lloydspharmacy has acquired the Donald Munro chain of about 25 pharmacies in Scotland for undisclosed terms, while Munro's wholesaling business is expected to be sold to Phoenix Healthcare Distribution.
Asda is to submit plans to East Devon District Council to build a 40,000 sq ft store in Exmouth, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Lovejuice is to acquire Barefruit Juice, the chain of five juice bars, creating a combined group with 15 outlets.
Polarn O Pyret of Sweden is planning to expand its UK chain of three childrenswear stores to six by the end of the year, having appointed Stephen Kane & Company to find suitable sites.
Zavvi is planning to expand its chain of 125 music and entertainment stores with up to ten new outlets a year for the next three years, having appointed Colliers CRE to find suitable sites.
Smiths News has acquired a 50% stake in Rascal Solutions, the supplier of inventory management solutions to magazine retailers, for £3m.
WH Smith has acquired the United News chain of 80 hospital newsagents and coffee shops for £19m, and has also announced plans to open 29 stores at RoadChef motorway service areas.
Middlesbrough Council has approved plans from PBN Holdings for the £11m expansion of the Parkway shopping centre in Coulby Newham, which will create more than 200 jobs.
Glasgow City Council is considering plans from Hercules Unit Trust for the development of a £10m shopping centre in Easterhouse, which could create 200 jobs.
Felix Group is to acquire Crawshaw Butchers, the chain of 14 butcher shops in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Humberside, for £12m.
Williams & Griffin, the Colchester department store, has been acquired by Fenwick for undisclosed terms.
Dobbies is planning to build a £10m garden centre at Orton Grange near Carlisle by March 2010, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Staples is considering plans to set up a chain of stationery stores on high streets throughout the country, depending on the success of a new trial branch on Manchester's Deansgate.
Whitbread is planning to open about 30 out-of-town Costa Coffee outlets a year, and is seeking sites of up to 17,000 sq ft on retail parks across the country.
Stylo has sold its six Shellys footwear stores to Eternal Best Industries for undisclosed terms.
Xchange Business is planning to expand its franchised chain of No1 Currency bureaux de change outlets from 225 to more than 400 this year, having borrowed £4.5m from Bank of Scotland.
Morrisons is planning to open eight new supermarkets and extend a further 19 in 2008.
Wickes is planning to double its chain of 185 DIY stores over the next seven years, including between 15 and 20 new outlets this year.
Wolford of Austria is planning to expand its UK chain of two luxury clothing stores, having appointed Harper Dennis Hobbs to find suitable locations in major cities.
Original Factory Shop is planning to open up to ten discount stores in Northern Ireland over the next three years.
Hays Travel is planning to expand its chain of 35 travel shops with up to ten new outlets in the East Midlands, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Speciality Retail Group, the operator of 71 stores under the Suits You, Racing Green and Young's brands, has been acquired by Arafa Holding of Egypt.
Pettifer Estates has unveiled plans for a £20m retail development at Balmakeith in Nairn, including a Sainsbury's supermarket and up to 300 jobs.
Aegis Group has acquired Peter Seagroatt & Associates, the Chelmsford-based supplier of retail sales analysis services with gross assets of £3.3m.
BAA is to sell its World Duty Free chain of 58 stores to Autogrill of Italy for £547m, including outlets at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
Abel & Cole is to create about 40 jobs at its new organic foods delivery depot in Aylesford, Kent, over the next three years.
Blakemore Wholesale has acquired Tyne Tees Cash & Carry, which operates two depots in Gateshead and Middlesbrough, for undisclosed terms.
John Lewis is to increase capital expenditure by £100m to £464m this year, with new department stores due to open in Liverpool and Leicester.
Gap is planning to open five Banana Republic fashion stores this year, including an outlet on London's Regent Street.
Crabtree & Evelyn is looking to double its chain of 44 health and beauty stores in the long-term.
Bagel Nash of Leeds is planning to open five bagel takeaway outlets in the North West this year, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Thornfield Properties has unveiled plans to build a 33-storey skyscraper in Sunderland, as part of the £147m Holmeside Triangle project that includes shops, restaurants and apartments.
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council has approved plans from Moorfield Group for a 100,000 sq ft extension at the Ridings Shopping Centre.
Asda is to open three Living stores at retail parks in Newport, Teesside and Stratford-upon-Avon later this year, taking the non-food chain to 16.
Zumo is planning to expand its chain of 25 smoothie bars with ten new outlets this year, having appointed Cushman & Wakefield to find suitable locations.
Aldi is planning to build a £25m regional office and distribution centre in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Morrisons is considering plans to build an 800,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Eurocentral scheme near Glasgow, in order to supply its 52 Scottish stores.
Apple is in negotiations to set up a 25,000 sq ft computer products store at Covent Garden in London.
Ikea is looking into the possibility of building a furniture superstore at the Crane engineering site in Ipswich, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Tesco is considering plans to build a store on Sunderland Retail Park, and has an option to acquire the site from Mountview Securities.
Peacocks is looking to open a further 120 discount fashion concessions in large stores throughout the country, and is seeking suitable retail partners.
A-Wear of Ireland is considering plans to set up a chain of fashion stores in shopping centre locations throughout the UK.
Thorntons is looking to expand its chain of 376 confectionery stores and cafes to 400, and a new store design will be tested in ten outlets this summer.
Debenhams is to set up a department store at the Weavers Wharf retail park development in Kidderminster, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Subway is planning to expand its sandwich chain with 30 new outlets in the North East this year.
Hyndburn Council is to consider plans for the £15m expansion of the Arndale shopping centre in Accrington.
Lichfield District Council has secured government approval for the compulsory purchase of land for the £100m Friarsgate shopping complex.
Designcapital has acquired Artelano, the French designer furniture manufacturer, for £1.2m, and plans to open an Artelano shop in London.
Costco is looking to build a 150,000 sq ft cash and carry store at Millbrook in Southampton, and aims to double its UK sites to 40 by 2010.
Clinkard Group of Stockton has bought 12 footwear stores from Leicester-based Stead & Simpson, in order to expand into new parts of the country.
Kurt Geiger, the chain of 16 luxury shoe stores with concessions in Harrods and Selfridges, is to be acquired by private equity firm Graphite Capital for £95m.
Forever 21 of the US is planning to open about seven fashion stores in the UK this year, and could eventually develop a chain of more than 150 outlets.
Orange is planning to expand its chain of 350 mobile phone stores to almost 400 this year, having appointed Cushman & Wakefield to find suitable sites.
Tesco is planning to expand its network of 69 in-store opticians to 140 by spring 2009.
Pret a Manger, the chain of 180 sandwich stores, is to be acquired by Bridgepoint Capital for £350m.
Asda is planning to open 22 stores and create 9,000 new jobs this year, including 1,500 jobs in home delivery and 500 at in-store pharmacies.
Domino's Pizza is planning to expand its chain of 501 pizza outlets with 50 new sites this year, and hopes to reach 1,000 by 2017.
H&T Group has acquired two Christine's jewellery stores in Darlington and Wallsend, taking its total chain to 92.
William Ewart Properties, ING Estates and Snoddons Construction have unveiled plans to develop a £360m Royal Exchange retail complex on Royal Avenue in Belfast by 2013, including stores, offices and a hotel.
Neville Johnson, the fitted furniture supplier with 200 staff and sites in Manchester, Gerrards Cross and Stirling, is expected to be acquired by Key Capital Partners for about £10m.
Waitrose is planning to set up a new 21,000 sq ft supermarket at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight by 2010, with the creation of 160 jobs.
Webloyalty is planning to double the 15-strong workforce at its new marketing services call centre in Sevenoaks over the next two months.
Ryman is planning to expand its chain of 240 stationery stores with 60 new outlets over the next 18 months, and its Partners and Stationery Box stores will be rebranded as Ryman.
Firebox is looking to raise £5m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its online gadget retailing business.
Stylo is to buy the stock and brand name of Dolcis out of administration, including the temporary right to trade from 24 Dolcis footwear stores.
Sainsbury's is to create 150 new jobs at its non-food operation in Coventry, with vacancies in areas such as product design and buying.
JoJo Maman Bebe, the maternity and nursery products retailer, is planning to create 32 jobs at its head office and warehouse in Newport, South Wales, over the next three years.
Rossendale Council is to consider plans for the expansion of the Livesey Shoe Company footwear cash and carry business in Rawtenstall, which could create up to 40 jobs.
Grainger Games is planning to expand its Tyneside-based chain of 13 computer games stores with six new outlets across the country this year.
Cook is to expand its chain of 21 frozen ready meals stores with up to ten new outlets in the South East this year.
Majestic Wine is planning to expand its chain of 146 wine stores with 12 new outlets this year.
Palmer & Harvey McLane, the East Sussex-based wholesaler with nationwide distribution facilities, has undergone a £298m management buy-out.
Warehouse Express is considering plans to open a chain of camera stores, depending on the success of its Norwich outlet.
Frost French is planning to set up a chain of ten fashion stores, including five in London.
FreshXpress is planning to expand its chain of 26 grocery stores with five new outlets this year.
Allders is considering plans to open a chain of bed stores, depending on the success of its new outlet in Biggleswade.
Buy-at, the online affiliate marketing firm with 70 staff in Newcastle, London and the US, has been acquired by AOL.
Marks & Spencer is planning to create up to 300 jobs at a new store that will anchor the £25m Glasgow Fort shopping centre expansion by the end of 2009.
Ladbrokes has acquired the Eastwood chain of 54 betting shops in Northern Ireland for £117m.
Gladedale Capital is seeking permission to almost double the size of the 47,000 sq ft Westhill shopping centre in Aberdeen.
Palmer & Harvey McLane has acquired Northrealm, the holding company of Leeds-based wholesale group WH & HM Youngs, for undisclosed terms.
Sports Direct is to invest up to £20m in fitting out 120 sportswear stores in China over the next year, in partnership with ITAT Group.
Alexon has sold Style Menswear, the chain of 55 Envy clothing stores and 60 concessions, to Hamsard 3032 for a nominal sum.
Pagebet is planning to expand its Durham-based chain of 26 betting shops to 100 by 2011, having secured a £5.7m equity investment from Advantage Capital.
Frozen Value is planning to expand its northern England-based chain of 78 frozen food stores into other parts of England, Scotland and Wales.
Asda is to create up to 450 new jobs at its Wincanton-run distribution centre at the Redhouse Business Park in Doncaster.
Cyclesurgery is planning to double its chain of seven bike stores with new outlets in Romford, Wirral, Bristol, Manchester, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Chertsey.
Hardy Amies is planning to develop a nationwide chain of up to 30 clothing stores over the next five years.
Jane Norman is considering plans to launch a chain of accessories stores, depending on the success of two trial outlets due to open this year.
Debenhams is to set up an 80,000 sq ft department store at the Waterside shopping centre development in Aylesbury.
Caldex, the Halifax-based pet products supplier, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Co-operative Bank.
Shoe Zone has bought 309 Stead & Simpson footwear stores out of administration for undisclosed terms, but a further 37 outlets will close.
Jysk of Denmark is planning to open its first UK furniture stores in Lincoln and Mansfield by spring, and additional sites will follow over the next two years.
Bassetlaw Council has approved plans from Liberty Properties to build a £11m retail park with five large units at Highgrounds Road in Worksop.
D2, the chain of 80 fashion stores, is to be sold by West Coast Capital to a management team, and the Qube footwear chain could also be sold.
Etincelle of France is planning to open a chain of fashion stores in cities across the UK, starting with the Westfield London centre later this year.
Bite is to expand its chain of four Scottish sports fashion stores with five new outlets this year, and will move into England within two years.
Land Securities is to submit plans this spring for the £100m expansion of the St John's shopping centre in Liverpool by 2012.
Fifa is planning to open hundreds of branded football clothing and accessories stores around the world by 2010, and negotiations are taking place to open concessions in the UK.
Superdrug is to invest £9m in its health and beauty business this year, including eight new outlets and a makeover for 291 existing stores.
Dunhill, the luxury menswear retailer, is planning to open a flagship store in London's Mayfair this summer.
QS is looking to sell off 34 of its discount clothing stores, but will continue with plans to open new sites.
City of Edinburgh Council is to receive plans from Henderson Global Investors for the £850m redevelopment of St James Shopping Centre, including new shops, two hotels and flats.
Tesco has submitted new plans to Powys Council to build a store in Llandrindod Wells, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.
Asos, the online fashion retailer, is planning to expand the 180-strong workforce at its London head office with 100 new jobs this year.
Bristol Alliance is to invest £11m in the upgrade of pedestrian areas at the Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol, including new paving, lighting, seating and signage.
Glasswells is to set up a new £5m furniture showroom on the Orwell Retail Park in Ipswich later this year, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Barrhead Travel is to open three new travel agency outlets in East Kilbride, Dunfermline and Glasgow's Silverburn centre this year.
Paperchase is planning to expand its chain of more than 100 stationery stores with at least ten new standalone sites this year.
Dove Spa is planning to expand its chain of spa and beauty stores to 30 by the end of the year, and hopes to reach 75 by 2012.
La Senza is planning to open a further 100 lingerie stores in the UK and Ireland over the next three years, and is particularly interested in central London and the North East.
Stead & Simpson has sold its chain of 25 Famous Footwear stores to Jacobson Ventures, and is now seeking a buyer for its remaining operations.
QS is planning to expand its chain of 204 discount clothing stores with more than 40 new outlets this year.
JG Ross has acquired Jack Cooper, the bakery chain with 20 staff in Insch, Inverurie and Alford, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined business with 27 shops and 400 staff.
Sainsbury's is to acquire Curley's, the chain of supermarkets in Northern Ireland, securing the future of about 400 jobs at flagship stores in west Belfast and Dungannon.
Wynnstay has acquired Wilsons Pet Centres, the Bromsgrove-based chain of ten pet stores with 104 staff, for up to £5.8m.
Coventry City Council has appointed US-based architect Jerde Partnership to oversee the £1bn redevelopment of the city centre, in order to improve the shopping facilities.
Blue Inc is planning to expand its chain of 48 menswear stores with 20 new outlets this year and 20 in 2009.
Tile Giant is planning to expand its chain of tile stores from 32 to 100 over the next three years.
Fat Face is planning to open up to 20 fashion stores this year, and is also seeking new franchise opportunities.
Buy As You View has secured a £6m cash injection to fund the expansion of its electrical goods and furniture retailing business, and its head office will relocate from Llantrisant to Bridgend this year.
Select Retail, the Watford-based chain of 250 fashion stores with 1,800 staff, has been bought out of administration by an unnamed Turkish investor in a £13m deal.
Dunelm is planning to open nine more home furnishings stores this year, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Transform Your Images is planning to expand its chain of five photographic art stores with a further ten outlets across the country this year.
Charles Tyrwhitt is looking to expand its chain of nine menswear stores to 50, including outlets in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester.
Co-operative Group is to build a new £12m 270,000 sq ft distribution centre in Birtley, Tyne & Wear, by 2009, and 274 staff will transfer from two existing sites in Birtley and Blaydon.
Morrisons is planning to set up a 900,000 sq ft distribution centre at Gazeley's G Park logistics park in Sittingbourne, Kent.
River Island is in negotiations to set up a 400,000 sq ft distribution centre at Magna Park in Milton Keynes.
Starbucks is planning to open drive-through coffee shops and will start looking for suitable roadside sites across the country later this year.
MFI, the furniture retailer, is to expand its commercial and marketing team with seven new staff over the next few months, in order to support its move into new product categories.
Wallis Business Services of York is to merge with Central Stationers of Darlington to create a combined stationery group with 68 staff.