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McColl's continues to struggle to move on from the 1970s

By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit | Monday 3 December 2018


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I reckon the heyday for McColl's Retail Group (MCLS) was in the 1970s and parts of the 1980s and since then it has been all about trying to get by.  The big problem is that the world of the corner shop where you would pop for a pint of milk or a loaf of bread, the daily newspaper, penny chews and the like has moved on.  Convenience has become a bigger theme in a 24/7 world, but it is one which is now fully embraced by both the big supermarkets and the world of delivery.  Meanwhile going into a McColl's store has not changed that much over the last thirty years.

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