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Retailing - 2001
Hyndburn Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a new retail and leisure complex at Oswaldtwistle Mills, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
North Wiltshire District Council is considering plans from Castlefield Land for the £5m refurbishment of the shopping precinct in the centre of Corsham.
Peacocks has announced plans to expand its chain of 344 clothing stores with 40 new outlets in 2002, creating 1,000 jobs, and is particularly interested in London and Scotland.
Diageo is planning to open 35 new Burger King restaurants in 2002, with the creation of 1,250 jobs, as part of a strategy to reach almost 1,000 UK outlets by 2006.
Mulberry is planning to open a 6,000 sq ft leather goods store in London's Brompton Road next year, and is still seeking a suitable site for a flagship store in New York.
The Barnsley Development Agency is to support plans from Stainsby Grange for a £20m retail and industrial development, which will include a new B&Q DIY superstore employing 250 staff.
Lambert Howarth has acquired Natural Selection International, the Spanish supplier of homeware products to the retail market, for £1m.
Asda has won approval from Cannock Chase Council to build a £50m superstore in Cannock, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council is to consider plans for the creation of a B&Q superstore at the Chester Barrie clothing factory in Crewe, while B&Q's existing base on Forge Street will be sold to another retailer.
American Golf Discount Centre is planning to expand its chain of UK stores from 53 to about 85 over the next four years, and will then move into continental Europe.
Officers Club, the menswear retailer, is planning to build up a chain of 50 retail park stores, by opening about 10 a year.
Oliver Bonas is planning to open a further five to 10 gift shops next year, to add to the existing 15.
Lakeland, the kitchen and houseware retailer, is to create up to 300 jobs at its new £10m mail order despatch centre in Kendal over the next five years.
Selfridges has submitted plans for a £250m development at its Oxford Street store in London, including a 12-storey building with additional retail space, 336-room hotel, swimming pool, restaurant and offices.
Slough Borough Council has selected Development Securities and Berkeley Homes as preferred partners for the redevelopment of a 29-acre town centre site, which will include new shops, offices, homes and entertainment facilities.
Alliance UniChem is to acquire the Taylor chain of 59 pharmacies in the Midlands and South West for up to £68m, taking its Moss Pharmacy division to 776 outlets.
Pizza Hut has announced plans to create 3,000 jobs across the country next year by opening 75 new restaurants and delivery outlets.
TK Maxx is planning to expand its chain of 100 fashion stores with 35 new outlets a year, and believes there is potential for up to 250 in the UK.
WH Smith has announced plans to open 120 new stores across the country over the next three years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs, including its first move into Northern Ireland.
Coffee Republic is to acquire GoodBean, the chain of 12 espresso bars in the South East of England, for £0.8m.
Tesco is planning to build up to eight new stores in the north east with the creation of about 4,000 jobs, including sites in Alnwick, Chester-le-Street, Newton Aycliffe, Middlesbrough and four other undisclosed locations.
Hammicks is planning to open at least 10 book shops a year to add to the existing 30.
Austin Reed is to invest £11m in the refurbishment of its Regent Street fashion store in London, and is seeking joint venture partners to expand into continental Europe.
Great Universal Stores is planning to expand its chain of Argos stores at a rate of 35 outlets a year.
TK Maxx has launched a recruitment drive for 800 staff to work at its new clothing distribution centre in North Staffordshire, which is due to open in January.
Allders is planning to open up to 20 smaller home furnishings stores over the next four years.
Merchant Retail is planning to open 10 more perfume shops in the UK by the end of next year, taking the total to 86, but has shelved plans to expand in continental Europe.
Think Natural and Greenfingers are to merge their online retailing businesses into a new group called TNGf, enabling them to share warehouse and back-office functions and to shed 20 jobs.
Multiyork is planning to open 25 new furniture stores by 2006, to add to the existing 55.
Warrington Borough Council has approved plans from Sellar Property for the £85m redevelopment of the town centre, which will include a 335,000 sq ft shopping mall at Time Square.
Marks & Spencer has agreed to sell Brooks Brothers, the US clothing retailer, to Retail Brand Alliance for £156m.
Isle of Wight Council is to consider plans from Kingcross for the development of a £15m shopping, leisure and office complex in Newport.
Asda has submitted plans for a £20m superstore in Derby Road, Belper, which could create 350 jobs.
Majestic Wine is planning to open between six and eight new wine outlets a year to add to the existing 98.
Tesco has announced plans for a £130m shopping development in West Bromwich town centre, which will create about 1,600 new jobs by 2006.
DFS is setting up a new furniture factory at the Redhouse Interchange in Doncaster over the next six months, which will involve a £10m investment in equipment and the creation of 250 jobs.
Crest Nicholson is seeking planning permission to extend the Marlowes shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead, including 20 new shop units and a department store.
Carphone Warehouse is looking to relocate some of its London mobile phone stores to larger premises.
Benetton is planning to expand its new chain of UK megastores from six to 30 by the end of 2003.
Safeway is planning to open 12 new in-store dry cleaning outlets over the next four months.
Heart of England Co-op is to create an additional 50 jobs in its stores as part of a £4m investment across Coventry, Warwickshire and south Leicestershire.
Nottingham City Council is to consider plans from Maryland Securities for the £35m redevelopment of the former Courtaulds building at Forest Mills into a new complex comprising shops, business units and apartments.
B&Q has announced plans to create 4,000 jobs over the next year, and will expand its chain of large-format DIY warehouses to 175 by 2006.
Sainsbury is creating 130 jobs at a new superstore due to open in Cockermouth in April.
Tiles R Us is to open a further 11 shops over the next four months to add to the existing 70, and a new distribution depot will be opened in the north of England.
Leicester City Council has approved plans from Leicester Centre Properties for the £40m expansion of the Haymarket shopping centre, which will involve the transformation of the Haymarket Theatre site into a four-storey extension.
Marks & Spencer has announced plans to create 100 jobs in Northern Ireland by refurbishing and expanding stores in Belfast, Londonderry and Bangor.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Westfield and MEPC to double the size of the CastleCourt shopping centre, with the creation of 3,500 jobs.
Deichmann Schuhe of Germany is planning to open 20 shoe shops in the UK next year, and has already found five sites.
London & Amsterdam is planning to open a further 12 TrulyEverything online retailing kiosks within shopping centres over the next year.
Ann Summers is planning to open up to 12 Knickerbox lingerie stores next year, and the 30 existing shops will be relaunched with a new design.
Warrington Borough Council is to receive plans from Legal & General for the expansion of the Golden Square shopping centre in the town centre.
Easington Council is considering plans from Modus Properties for the development of a £6m retail park in Burnhope Way, Peterlee.
Musgrave SuperValu-Centra has announced plans to set up a £20m grocery distribution centre and administration facility at Belfast's Harbour Estate, combining its three existing operations onto a single site by next summer.
Alfred McAlpine Special Projects has been selected as preferred bidder for a £42m redevelopment project in Aldershot town centre.
Wyevale Garden Centres has bought Fosters Nurseries, the operator of garden centres near Lichfield and Stafford, for £7.6m.
USC Group, the fashion retailer, is planning to expand its chain of 32 stores this year, and is seeking suitable sites for a number of larger format outlets.
Styles & Wood has secured an £18m investment from 3i to fund the expansion of its store refurbishment business through organic growth and acquisitions.
Sainsbury is to set up a 256,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Eurohub scheme in Corby.
United Co-op has acquired the Willis chain of convenience stores, which includes 12 sites mainly in South Yorkshire.
Europa Foods is planning to expand its chain of 72 London-based convenience stores to 100 over the next four years.
Wing Yip is to redevelop its Manchester-based oriental grocery with the creation of more than 60 jobs, which will involve a new superstore, warehouse and restaurant.
Debenhams is to expand its chain of 97 department stores to 106 by 2006, and has announced plans for new stores in Londonderry and Bradford.
Tesco and the Evans of Leeds department store have announced plans for the £30m redevelopment of the River Don waterfront in Rotherham, which could lead to the creation of 1,200 jobs.
Grantchester has won planning permission to double the size of the Cleveland Retail Park in Middlesbrough, which will include new stores for B&Q and MFI.
Stiles Harold Williams has been appointed by US-based Subway to find sites to double its network of franchised sandwich outlets to more than 100 over the next year.
Waitrose is planning to open at least five new supermarkets next year, including sites in Tonbridge, Cheltenham, Chandler's Ford, Canary Wharf and Belgravia.
MFI is forming a £4m joint venture with Ethan Allen of the US to open five premium furniture stores in the UK, and there could be potential for up to 40 stores.
Body Shop is considering plans to expand its chain of four Botanicals health and beauty stores, which could lead to a network of up to 60 outlets.
Tesco has announced plans to invest £200m in the West Midlands, which will involve eight new stores and up to 3,500 new jobs.
Fortnum & Mason, the upmarket grocery retailer, is to quit the stock market following a takeover offer from the Weston family, which already owns about 90% of the business.
Marks & Spencer has agreed to sell 18 French stores to Galeries Lafayette for undisclosed terms, but no buyer has been found for the Belgian stores.
Tiny Computers is planning a £7m expansion programme to open computer concessions in up to 140 Powerhouse shops.
Majestic Wine has acquired Les Celliers de Calais, the French operator of wine warehouses, for £7.2m.
Alltools has acquired H Hopkinson, the Nottingham-based tool and ironmongery retailer, and is now planning further expansion across the Midlands through the acquisition of up to 10 more branches over the coming years.
Cotswold Company, the catalogue furniture retailer, is planning to expand onto the high street, and has acquired a flagship site in Guildford.
Time is seeking up to 140 city centre locations to expand its chain of computer stores, having decided to move away from out-of-town sites.
Argos has announced plans to vacate its distribution centre in Daventry by May 2004, which will affect more than 450 employees, having signed a contract to develop a new site near Burton-on-Trent.
Arcadia has announced a £35m deal to sell the Warehouse, Principles, Hawkshead and Racing Green retail chains to management buyout vehicle Rubicon Retail.
Electronics Boutique has acquired Scoregames, the French video games retailer with 37 stores, for an initial £7.6m.
Hyper Value is planning to expand its chain of 26 discount stores with the creation of more than 500 jobs over the next two years, including five new outlets in the south-west.
Superdrug is planning to open 100 more in-store pharmacies over the next year as it presses the government to relax the rules on awarding NHS pharmacy contracts.
Jessops is planning to expand its chain of 200 photographic stores to 450 over the next six years, and is seeking up to 25 new sites a year within the M25 area.
Fads is planning to open 20 more home decorating stores to add to the existing 109 over the next three years, while 32 of its less profitable stores will be closed.
B&Q has announced plans to create more than 350 jobs at two new DIY superstores in Newtownabbey and Craigavon early next year.
Stafford Borough Council is to consider plans from St Modwen for the multi-million pound redevelopment of a town centre site near Newport Road, including a new Tesco superstore, homes and offices.
Virgin has sold the Our Price music chain to Brazin of Australia in exchange for a foothold in the Australian market for its V-Shop and Megastore brands, and the 77 Our Price stores will be rebranded as Sanity.
JJB Sports is planning to open between 30 and 40 sports superstores a year, and will step up its policy of closing high street stores and replacing them with more profitable superstores.
Midlands Co-op is to create 100 new jobs when it opens an enlarged £2m food distribution centre in Leicester in spring 2002.
St Modwen has won permission to convert the Shannons clothing mill in Walsall town centre into a factory outlet mall, with the first phase providing up to 70 retail units.
Maplin is expanding its chain of electronics stores with the acquisition of three former Beatties Toys outlets in Glasgow, Sheffield and London.
Focus, the DIY retailer, is planning to open 10 new-format Focus Wickes Warehouses over the next three years, and the first is being launched in Glasgow.
John Menzies has sold its chain of Early Learning Centre toy shops to a management buy-out backed by 3i for £30m.
Jacksons Landing, the factory shopping centre in Hartlepool, is to be transformed into the North-East's biggest discount department store by de Keyser of London, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Capital Shopping Centres has revealed plans for the £220m expansion of the Westgate centre in Oxford, which would include a new department store and the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Bonmarche, the fashion retailer, is planning to create up to 300 jobs in Huddersfield over the next three years, and is seeking permission to consolidate its head office and warehousing on a new site in Grange Moor.
Ottakar's is to close its internet book store in order to focus on the expansion of its chain of 76 high street shops.
Asda is planning to create up to 3,000 jobs by establishing new in-store optician departments, pharmacies, photo centres and jewellers over the next three years.
Morrisons is to submit plans for a superstore in Port Talbot with the creation of 300 jobs, as part of its Welsh expansion programme that will also see new stores in Rogerstone, Barry and Ebbw Vale.
House of Fraser is planning to spend £40m refurbishing some of its 51 department stores next year, and is looking to increase the trading space by 15%.
Frogmore Estates has submitted plans for a new £30m factory shopping outlet in Plymouth city centre.
West Midlands Co-operative Society has announced plans for a £10m expansion of its food retail, travel and funeral operations, which will create up to 165 new jobs.
Crown Dilmun has bought the former Harrods depository building on London's Brompton Road for £52m, and plans to develop a retail, office and residential complex.
Laura Ashley is planning to open a further 30 home furnishing concessions in Homebase stores.
Yankee Candle Company of the US is seeking a suitable site to open its first UK candle store, and hopes to establish a network of shops eventually.
Music Zone is planning to expand its chain of 25 independent music shops with a further 10 over the next year, and will make its first move into southern England.
BoConcept of Denmark is planning to open 48 flat pack furniture stores in the UK over the next five years, in partnership with an unnamed foreign retailer.
Safeway is to invest £100m in the refurbishment of 22 stores in Scotland over the next 12 months, with the creation of 2,000 jobs.
Marks & Spencer is planning to refurbish its main Queen Street store in Cardiff at a cost of £6m, while its other city centre store will be taken over by Next.
Morrisons is planning to open six supermarkets in 2002, taking the total to 121.
B&Q is planning to build a second headquarters at Chandler's Ford in Hampshire, where it will create 400 new administrative jobs.
French Connection is planning to open 12 fashion stores over the next six months, taking the total to 149.
Tesco is planning to create 8,000 jobs in the UK over the next year, including 600 at a new £20m superstore in the Springburn area of Glasgow.
Bradford Council is linking up with Tesco and local organisations to form the Bradford Odsal Regeneration Partnership, which will lead to the £60m redevelopment of the Odsal sports stadium and retail centre and create 500 jobs.
Thorntons is to start selling hot drinks and pastries at nine pilot stores, and may extend the formula to all 400 outlets over the next three years.
Carphone Warehouse is acquiring 13 London stores from Odyssey Corporation, the independent phone retailer, for £0.6m.
Liberty International and Land Securities are planning to build a £500m shopping, leisure and residential complex in Cardiff city centre by 2006.
AF Blakemore has acquired I Mogford & Sons, the south Wales-based cash and carry depot with turnover of more than £10m.
Cromwells Madhouse is planning to expand its chain of 65 jeans stores to about 80 over the coming months.
Costco has confirmed plans to expand its chain of 11 warehouse club stores with new sites in Reading, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Talbots, the US womenswear retailer, is planning to expand its chain of five London-based stores to an unspecified number of other cities throughout the country.
Asda is in talks with Allerdale Council about the possibility of building a superstore in Workington, with the creation of 450 jobs.
Debenhams is to modernise its department store in Belfast, which will involve the transfer of stockrooms to a new unit in Crumlin and the creation of up to 90 jobs.
Homestyle Group has acquired The Bed Shed, the Scottish bed retailer with 17 stores, for an initial £4.5m.
Sandwell Council is considering plans from K&J Holdings for the development of a £8.5m shopping and leisure complex at the former Kenrick & Jefferson site in West Bromwich high street.
Marks & Spencer is to open four more discount stores in Manchester, Swindon, Street and North Shields, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Dobbies has bought the Cross Lane Farm garden centre in Atherstone for £4.3m.
Allders is planning to open a new department store at a former C&A site on London's Oxford Street next year.
Savers is to open up to 45 health and beauty stores in Scotland, including 15 at former Scottish Power showrooms.
Mamas & Papas is planning to double the size of its chain of designer maternity stores with seven new outlets this year.
WH Smith is planning to open an unspecified number of temporary stores this Christmas, and is seeking suitable locations.
ScS Upholstery has announced plans to spend £30m expanding its chain of furniture stores from 36 to more than 100 over two years.
B&Q is planning to build a DIY superstore at Cleveland Retail Park on Teesside with the creation of 250 jobs.
Asprey & Garrard is planning to open 20 new Asprey stores over the next five years, and the flagship stores in London and New York will be refurbished at a cost of £39m.
Printing.com is planning to expand its chain of 15 city centre printing franchises, and believes there is scope for up to 70 outlets.
PizzaExpress is planning to open 35 restaurants next year to add to the existing 286.
Moss Bros is to double the number of Code menswear stores to 30 by the end of the year, in order to replace its traditional Taylors Guild, Blazer and Suit Company brands.
Jessops has acquired Richards Photo Centres, the Yorkshire-based chain of three photographic stores, for undisclosed terms.
B&Q is seeking planning permission for a new DIY superstore at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Crabtree & Evelyn, the toiletries and gifts retailer, is planning to open three more stores in the UK this year, to add to the existing 30.
Deichmann Shoe of Germany is planning to open 10 shoe stores in the UK, with the first opening at Cheshire Oaks next month.
Cash Generator has long-term plans to expand its chain of 51 discount stores to 160, and is also looking to open outlets in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Sports Connection is to open four sports stores in Northern Ireland this year, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Marks & Spencer is forming a £6m joint venture with Desmond & Sons to speed up the development of children's clothing, which will involve 220 staff in London and County Londonderry.
Safeway is to create 100 new jobs at its supermarket in Belper after completing a £1m refurbishment over the next six months.
Asda is to create 200 jobs at a revamped Wal-Mart superstore in Pudsey, which opens in November.
Marks & Spencer is to open two clothes stores in India in October, and they will be operated as a franchise by Planet Sports of Hong Kong.
Oasis is planning to expand its chain of fashion concessions from 29 to 45 over the coming weeks, with a further 30 being added next year.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from the Grosvenor-Henderson consortium for a £700m shopping development at Chavasse Park, which will include two large department stores.
Caudwell is planning to open 25 Phones 4u stores across Wales over the next two years, in a £50m expansion drive that will create up to 300 jobs.
Tesco is to submit plans to Stroud District Council for the development of a supermarket in Dursley town centre, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Homestyle is planning to open up to 10 Rosebys textiles stores this year, including its first move into Northern Ireland.
Croydon Council is considering plans for the expansion of the Whitgift Shopping Centre with two large units for fashion retailers.
Caddick Construction is planning to convert the historic Conditioning House in Bradford into a multi-million pound shopping and office complex, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
H2O Plus, the US skincare products retailer, is planning to open a chain of 50 stores in the UK.
Barbour, the manufacturer of waxed jackets, is planning to open its first UK standalone store in Manchester next month.
Carphone Warehouse is considering plans to open a chain of Fone Fashion mobile phone accessories stores, starting with a trial in London.
Gap, the US clothes retailer, is planning to relocate its UK head office and up to 125 staff from London to Rugby early next year.
Tesco has acquired a 51% stake in Nutri Centre, the natural remedies retailer, for £2.9m, in order to expand the range of alternative medicines in its stores.
Mail Boxes Etc of the US is planning to open 100 franchised stores in the UK by next year, offering a range of services including mailboxes, postal services and shipping.
John Lewis has announced plans to refurbish its Edinburgh department store at a cost of £25m.
Chester City Council is to consider plans from London & Amsterdam for the £185m transformation of the city's shopping area, which would involve demolishing the Forum centre to make way for new shopping streets and a department store.
B&Q is seeking 90 additional staff in Kidderminster in preparation for the relocation of its DIY store to Green Street later this year.
B&Q is creating more than 500 jobs by opening two new stores in Glasgow and one in Dundee over the next few months.
Pret a Manger is planning to open 10 sandwich bars in Hong Kong this year, and will then look at expansion in other Asian countries and continental Europe.
Monsoon is planning to expand its Accessorize brand overseas by opening franchised shops in Japan, Saudi Arabia and the US.
Argos is considering plans to build a distribution centre near Lichfield with the creation of about 200 jobs, and negotiations are taking place with East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Jacques Vert is planning to raise £2.3m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its chain of fashion stores and concessions from 158 to 200 over the next three years.
BigSave.com, the online retailer, is planning to open a chain of six high street stores this year, offering branded sports goods.
Warner Estate Holdings is to spend £5m on a refurbishment and extension project at the Port Arcades shopping centre in Ellesmere Port.
John Lewis is to create 90 new jobs at the Bonds department store in Norwich, following a decision to open the store on Mondays.
Debenhams is seeking planning permission to open a department store in Doncaster in 2005, as part of the town's £70m transport interchange project.
Virgin has agreed to sell its 16 French Megastores to Lagardere Media for £92m, and the proceeds will be used to expand its mobile phones and other Virgin operations throughout the world.
MFI is to spend £65m refurbishing its 190 UK furniture stores and opening up to 60 new outlets over the next three years, and is also planning to open four stores in Taiwan this autumn.
Asda has submitted plans for the development of a superstore at Chesser Avenue in Edinburgh, with the creation of 300 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency has unveiled plans for the development of a £20m retail centre in Blackwood, in partnership with Carillion Developments, Richardson Developments and Chelverton.
Domino's Pizza is planning to expand its chain of pizza outlets from 230 to 500 by 2006.
HMV Media has agreed to hand over the online book retailing operations of Waterstone's to Amazon.co.uk, which is expected to lead to the closure of a dedicated fulfilment centre in Bath.
Bradford Council is to consider plans from Chartback for a £8m glass-walled shopping and leisure centre on the Rawson Market site.
The Phone People has been bought out of administration by a consortium named Stablestock, and the new owners plan to reopen 23 stores over the next four weeks.
Rohan, the outdoor clothing supplier with 23 shops, has been acquired by Piper Private Equity and the Baring English Growth Fund for undisclosed terms.
Jenners is planning to open a £5m department store at the Lomond Shores development in Loch Lomond, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Torfaen County Borough Council is to consider plans from Prudential for the £8m redevelopment of Cwmbran shopping centre, which will follow the relocation of the existing Asda superstore.
Field & Trek is planning to expand its chain of 13 outdoor equipment stores with new outlets in Cambridge and the north of England.
Discovery Store is planning to expand its chain of 30 gift shops to about 300 over the next few years, following its recent rescue from administration.
The Entertainer is planning to expand its chain of 27 toy shops to 50 over the next three years.
Heal's, the home furnishings retailer, has accepted a £33m takeover offer from the Wittington investment company.
Matalan is to acquire Lee Cooper, the jeans manufacturer, from Bridgepoint Capital for £45m.
Birmingham City Council has given the go-ahead to the Richardson Carillion partnership for the development of a £20m Costco warehouse club at the Star Park North site, which will create 160 jobs.
Fast Retailing of Japan is planning to open at least 150 Uniqlo clothing stores in the UK over the next few years.
Ponden Mill is looking to raise £6m from venture capitalists to fund the expansion of its nationwide chain of 100 stores.
Tesco is planning to open a new superstore in Ollerton, Notts, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Fresh & Wild has raised £3.5m from Bank of Scotland to fund the development of 14 traditional grocery stores, including 10 in London, with the creation of 750 jobs.
Oasis, the fashion retailer, is to undergo a £54m management buy-out backed by PPM Ventures.
Hair Cuttery of the US is planning to open 100 hairdressing outlets in the UK over the next five years, and is currently targeting the north of England.
Somerfield is in talks with the North West Development Agency and the London Development Agency about the possibility of setting up new distribution centres in Crewe and east London.
St Modwen has won permission for the £2m refurbishment of the Daniel Owen Precinct in Mold.
Jessops is to renew plans for a flotation next year, and is aiming to double the size of its chain of 200 photographic stores within six years.
Matalan is to create up to 80 jobs at a new discount store in Basildon in October, one of 21 being opened across the country.
Safeway is seeking permission to upgrade and modernise the Westhill Shopping Centre near Aberdeen, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Batleys is to acquire Wundpets, the Reading-based pet food wholesaler, from Jokyle Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Aga Foodservice is to acquire Fired Earth, the retailer of tiles and interior furnishings with 55 stores, for £29m.
Cambridge City Council has approved plans from London-based Shearer Property Group for the development of a new shopping complex in the city centre, which will be called Grand Arcade and include a new Robert Sayle department store.
Boots is planning to set up six trial branches in out-of-town Sainsbury stores later this year.
Gifts4All, the operator of upmarket gift shop concessions, is planning to open ten standalone stores within three years, having opened the first at Heathrow.
Moss Pharmacy is to install Scholl-branded chiropody practices in eight stores this year.
Dixons is planning to open about 70 electrical product stores over the next year with the creation of about 1,300 jobs.
Blooms of Bressingham is seeking permission to demolish Bicester Garden Centre and replace it with a new purpose-built garden and aquatics centre, in a £10m project that could create up to 120 jobs.
N Brown, the catalogue retailer, is planning to create 500 call centre jobs at an undisclosed location in Manchester early next year, while a further 500 jobs will be relocated from its existing site in Dale Street.
Tesco has announced plans to build a £10m superstore at Rugeley in Staffordshire, with the creation of 300 jobs, while a further £20m will be invested at stores in Hanley and Stafford.
Budgens is to step up its expansion programme by opening 20-25 convenience stores a year to add to the existing 135.
Sainsbury is preparing to recruit 300 staff for its new store in Claypotts, Dundee, which is due to open in December.
Kingfisher is to sell its Superdrug health and beauty stores to Kruidvat of the Netherlands for £310m.
Somerfield is to double capital expenditure to £140m this year, in order to refurbish 330 stores.
Poundland is planning to refurbish its chain of 60 discount stores, using a more upmarket look piloted in 10 outlets.
Moss Pharmacy has acquired Harry Cockburn, the chain of eight Scottish pharmacies, for undisclosed terms.
Gadget Shop is looking to open up to 10 new stores this year, including a larger outlet in London's Brent Cross shopping centre.
Bentalls is to be acquired by Fenwick for £70m, creating a combined chain of 14 department stores.
Coffee Republic is planning to expand its chain of coffee bars from 76 to more than 200 by 2004, and will open 30 this year.
Grampian Holdings is to sell its chain of 270 Edinburgh Woollen Mill shops to Ever 1489, a new company formed by Rutland Trust, for £49m.
Remainders is seeking acquisitions to expand its chain of discount book stores and believes there is room for a further 300 outlets across the country.
Dobbies Garden Centres is planning to double the size of its 16-strong network of garden centres in England and Wales over the next six years.
Sir Robert McAlpine has won a £8m contract from Teesland Developments to build a shopping complex in Redcar town centre, including a superstore and 24 smaller units.
Tesco is acquiring a 35% stake in the home shopping division of Safeway of the US, in a £16m deal that will also involve the installation of Tesco's online retailing system by the Californian supermarket group.
Body Shop has appointed a franchise partner to open its first stores in South Africa, and has also announced the collapse of takeover talks with Omnilife of Mexico.
Majestic Wine is planning to open nine wine stores this year, as part of a long-term plan to expand the chain from 95 to 150.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has approved plans from Bass Developments for a £14m shopping and housing development in Burton, which will include a 90,000 sq ft retail complex at Middleway Park.
Debenhams has agreed to open a department store at the £55m Grand Arcade Shopping Centre being planned for Wigan by Modus Properties in 2004, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Max Spielmann is to be acquired by Bowie Castlebank, the Glasgow-based photo processing group that trades under the Klick Photopoint brand, creating a combined chain of more than 500 outlets.
Maplin, the electronics retailer, has undergone a £42m management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital, and there are plans to expand the chain from 59 to 100 stores over the next few years.
WH Smith has acquired Blue Star Consumer Retailing, the operator of 184 book shops in Australia and New Zealand, for £38m.
Ciro Citterio, the menswear retailer, has been bought out of administration by Trident Fashions for undisclosed terms, saving 1,100 jobs at 130 stores.
Holland & Barrett has acquired Natures Way, the Irish health food retailer with 12 stores, for undisclosed terms.
Electronics Boutique is considering plans to expand its computer games retailing business in Sweden, France, Italy and Germany, following its recent move into Spain.
Savers is planning to open 40 health and beauty stores this year, taking the total to 240.
Discovery Store, the gift retailer, has been bought out of administration by Caudwell Group for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 30 shops and 250 staff.
Professional Cookware Company is planning to open at least four high street shops a year, and will also expand its existing chain of ten factory outlet shops.
John Lewis is to invest a further £11m to maintain its 40% stake in the Ocado online food retailing business, and the service will be launched in London later this year and nationwide within five years.
Bravissimo, the lingerie retailer, is to set up a customer service centre in Leamington in August, with the creation of 35 jobs.
South Lanarkshire Council and Allied London & Scottish Properties have announced plans for the £2m refurbishment of the New Cross Shopping Centre in Hamilton.
Courts is planning to open up to 33 furniture and electrical stores this year, including 30 overseas, and also hopes to complete the refurbishment of its UK chain.
Marks & Spencer is planning to expand its new chain of discount stores with openings in York, Mansfield and Bridgend, following a successful trial of the format.
Mamma Ro, the Italian home interiors retailer, is to open its UK flagship franchise store in Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries this month.
Asda has submitted plans to Walsall Council to build a £15m superstore in Darlaston with the creation of up to 350 jobs.
Mulberry, the leather goods and clothing group, is to refurbish its Bond Street store in London and open a new store in New York next year.
WH Smith is planning to open 100 new shops over the next three years, to add to the existing 770.
Balfour Convenience Stores has acquired the Clements chain of 15 stores in the Hampshire area, and now plans to add 25 new stores a year to the existing 132.
Safeway is planning to open 40 Cafe Fresco restaurants over the next 18 months, and is looking into the possibility of opening stand-alone units.
Gameplay has sold its CentroMail chain of 69 computer games stores in Spain to Electronics Boutique for up to £3.6m.
Pricerunner is to secure a further £2.5m of funding to develop a wireless version of its online shopping comparison service.
TJ Morris is to double the number of Home Bargains discount stores to 110 over the next two years, in an expansion programme that will also involve a new distribution centre and head office in Liverpool and up to 1,100 new jobs.
Dixons is to acquire SuperRadio, the Danish chain of out-of-town electrical superstores, and will rebrand the outlets under its El-Giganten name.
Great Universal Stores has announced details of a £368m investment programme in stores and other projects, including 15 new Argos branches, an Experian data centre in Nottingham and store refurbishments in the US, Germany and France.
New Look is to open a new buying office in London in order to help recruit more experienced staff, and the company has said it will continue to relocate up to 30 stores a year to larger sites.
Tesco is submitting plans for a £30m retail development on the River Don in Rotherham, which would include offices, leisure facilities and the creation of up to 1,200 jobs.
Slater Menswear is planning to expand its chain of clothing stores from nine to 50 over the next five years.
Warner Estate Holdings is planning a £5m refurbishment of the Six Acre shopping centre in Sale, Greater Manchester, in order to expand the retail and leisure space.
Topps Tiles is planning to open concessions in up to 12 MFI stores this month, and more will follow if they are successful.
Jacksons is planning to double the size of its chain of 95 convenience stores over the next five years, while £5.5m will be spent on a refurbishment programme.
John David Sports is planning to expand its chain of 130 sportswear shops to 300, and may start opening stores in continental Europe.
Albert Dock Company is planning a £5m refurbishment of the Britannia Pavilion on Liverpool's Albert Dock, in order to replace small shop units with larger outlets.
Tesco is recruiting 130 staff for a new Tesco Extra store that is due to open in Swansea in August.
Boots is planning to open a chain of 65 Pure Beauty cosmetic stores after a trial of eight outlets.
Past Times, the chain of 74 gift shops, has been bought out of administration by Accelerator, an investment group that is planning to create a multi-channel retail business.
Peacocks is planning to open 35 clothing stores this year to add to the existing 312.
Merchant Retail is looking to spend up to £100m on an acquisition to expand its perfumery business in continental Europe, and aims to increase the number of UK outlets from 67 to 150.
Eason, the Irish bookseller and newsagent, has acquired all 16 NPO outlets in Northern Ireland for undisclosed terms.
Spudulike is to expand its chain of baked potato fast food outlets with the acquisition of Fat Jackets, FJ Cools and the Serious Sandwich Store for undisclosed terms.
Carpetright is to acquire seven retail sites from Carpetworld for £7.2m, in order to expand its presence in the north of England.
Sainsbury is looking to set up new distribution facilities totalling 120 acres in Newbury, Luton and Kent.
Zara of Spain is planning to open eight new fashion stores in the UK, to add to the existing seven.
Ottakar's has identified 180 potential locations to open book shops, although there is no definite schedule to add to the current 75 stores.
Julian Graves, the retailer of snacks and ingredients, is in negotiations to secure £5m of venture capital to speed up its expansion programme.
Mothercare is planning to expand its chain of 62 large-format baby product stores by opening 10 to 15 a year.
Pillar Property is seeking permission to develop a 100-acre site in Cricklewood, North London, including shops, offices, hotels and houses.
Marks & Spencer has confirmed plans to relocate its London head office to Paddington Basin in 2003, and will work with a partner to redevelop the existing Michael House.
Cardington has bought the Hardy Amies fashion house for undisclosed terms, and plans to market the brand to a younger audience.
Officers Club is planning to open 150 menswear stores over the next three years, with the creation of 1,700 jobs.
Spencer Gifts of the US is planning to open three new stores in the UK this summer, to add to the existing six.
Safeway is to spend £450m refurbishing more than 100 stores this year, and ten new outlets will open by 2003.
Asda has announced plans to create 10,000 jobs by recruiting an average of 40 new staff at each of the 244 stores.
ScS Upholstery is planning to expand its chain of furniture stores from 34 to 70 over the next five years.
Homestyle has acquired Sleepmasters, the bed retailer, for £9.2m, and has also announced plans to refurbish its 200 Harveys outlets at a cost of £17m.
Time Products, the luxury goods retailer, is to undergo a £80m management buy-out.
Lichfield District Council is to consider plans from London & Cambridge Properties for the £100m transformation of Burntwood town centre into a major retail and leisure complex, with the creation of 1,500 jobs.
Portsmouth City Council has approved plans from Sellar Property for the development of a fitness centre, fast food outlet, B&Q DIY outlet and garden store at the Fratton goods yard.
Crown Estate is planning to refurbish London's Regent Street at a cost of £500m over the next ten years, in order to attract leading retailers.
Nevada Bob is planning to open about four discount golf stores in the UK this year to add to the existing 40.
Ponden Mill is planning to open 25 soft furnishing stores this year to add to the existing 99.
High & Mighty is planning to open three Kayak fashion stores and up to five concessions in the UK this year.
B&Q has started work on a new DIY superstore in Craigavon, which will create 250 jobs.
Newcastle City Council is to consider plans from Rokeby Developments for the £20m revamp of the Denton Park shopping centre, which will include a new supermarket and the creation of 350 jobs.
Matalan is planning to expand its chain of discount stores from 123 to about 240 over the next eight years.
Cinven has acquired the photo finishing business of GrandVision of France, which includes 472 stores and 2,900 staff, for £174m.
Virgin Megastores is planning to install Virgin Space internet cafes at 10 of its outlets this year, including sites in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.
HMV Media is to refurbish about 50 of its 207 Waterstone's bookstores this year, at a cost of £10m.
SF Cody is planning to open a further 20 gift stores over the next two years, to add to the existing four shops and four concessions.
Aldi, the German food retailer, is to set up a distribution centre at Kilmartin's J4M8 scheme between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Ikea has announced plans to invest £100m in two new furniture stores in Sheffield and Southampton and a distribution centre in Peterborough, with the creation of 1,450 jobs.
Kingfisher has announced plans to build a Big W superstore on a site near Corporation Bridge in Grimsby, as part of a £25m retail development that will create almost 300 jobs.
Argos is to set up a home delivery warehouse at the former Manchester Tobacco factory in Trafford Park, creating up to 200 new jobs.
Matalan is setting up a £1m warehouse and distribution depot at the Knowsley Industrial Park on Merseyside, with the creation of 150 jobs.
West Norfolk Council is to consider plans from Essex-based property developer Turnstone for a £10m regeneration scheme at the former Anglia Canners site in King's Lynn, including retail outlets and housing.
Kingfisher is considering plans to develop a Big W superstore in Coatbridge, and is also looking at potential sites in Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.
Party Land of the US is planning to open up to 60 party supplies franchise outlets in the UK.
Bravissimo is planning to set up a nationwide chain of up to 15 lingerie stores.
Matalan is planning to build another six discount clothing stores in the North-East over the next three years, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Reiss is to expand its chain of 15 upmarket clothes stores by opening new outlets in Liverpool and Chester over the next few months.
Orange is planning to open four more mobile phone shops in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Carlisle City Council has approved plans from Penrith-based Lowther Manelli for the development of a £10m superstore on the Lower Viaduct Estate, with Sainsbury and Safeway having been tipped as potential operators.
Alfred Jones has bought two independent Spar stores in Warrington, taking its chain to 52, and is now looking to acquire and refurbish additional stores.
Allders has identified about 120 suitable sites to open new stores, including 50 department stores, 50 smaller stores and 20 out-of-town furniture stores.
Staples is planning to open eight office supplies stores this year, taking the total to 83, while a further 15 will be opened in other European countries.
Primark is to open two discount clothing stores at former C&A outlets in Aberdeen and Dundee over the next two months, with the creation of 156 jobs.
County Kitchens has been bought out of receivership by a management buy-out, saving 60 jobs, but showrooms in Reading, Staines, Cheltenham, Broadstone, Kensington, Richmond, Ruislip and Swindon will be closed.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is considering plans from H&H Holman Properties and Richardson Developments for the construction of 13 shops and a 100-bedroom hotel in the town centre, which would create about 500 jobs.
DFS Furniture is planning to expand its chain of 55 furniture stores by opening 15-20 new outlets every three years.
Blooms of Bressingham has acquired Jardinerie, the garden centre owner, for £8.5m.
Expansys has acquired 21Store.com, the Wembley-based online retailer, for £0.25m, and is now looking to establish operations in Amsterdam and Rome.
Morrisons is to open a superstore on the waterfront in Barry in October 2001, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Westfield is planning to expand its shopping centres in Derby, Guildford, Swindon, Belfast and Nottingham by up to 50%.
Dollond & Aitchison is to spend more than £7m on the expansion and refurbishment of its chain of opticians this year.
Pets at Home is planning to open a chain of smaller town centre outlets, and the first has opened in Macclesfield.
Tesco has acquired a derelict site in Burnage, Manchester, for nearly £8m, and will submit plans for a superstore, doctors' surgery and housing.
Gieves & Hawkes is planning to open a further two or three menswear stores over the next two years.
JJB Sports is planning to open 35 sports superstores and four health clubs this year, and is also looking to expand abroad.
Debenhams is planning to open eight department stores over the next three years, as part of a long-term strategy to expand its chain of 96 outlets by 50%.
TJ Hughes is planning to open six new discount stores this year to add to the existing 30.
Clinton Cards has announced plans to expand its chain of 695 greetings card shops to 1,000 over the next five years.
Olsen, the German fashion retailer, is planning to open a further 10 shops in the UK this year, with the first opening in Glasgow next month.
WH Smith is planning to open a chain of up to 30 stores in continental Europe over the next three years, depending on the success of a trial outlet in Barcelona.
Arcadia is to sell the Warehouse, Racing Green, Hawkshead and Principles chains to management, while its Wade Smith Jr children's wear stores will be sold to its founder for £7.5m.
Austin Reed, the fashion retailer, is planning to open 30 concessions and refurbish 26 stores this year.
Tesco is inviting UK-based companies to bid for contracts to build 70 new stores in Asia and eastern Europe.
Roys is planning to open a department store in Bury St Edmunds in June, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Bonmarche is planning to open a further 25 fashion outlets this year, to add to the existing 215.
Ikea is planning to develop a £40m central distribution hub at Hampton near Peterborough, to support the expansion of its chain of furniture stores.
Compass is planning to expand its recently-acquired Belleview chain of 25 Whistlestop convenience stores into a national network, and is particularly interested in sites at railway stations and airports.
Boots is planning to invest £19m in the creation of 34 new-format Halfords car accessory stores in London and the south-east.
Land of Leather is to open new stores in Norwich, Ipswich, Exeter and Bristol this year, and has a new distribution centre in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire.
John Lewis is planning to refurbish the fashion sections of six department stores over the next few months, at a cost of several million pounds.
Boots has launched two hearing care centres in Birmingham and Manchester, and plans to invest £11m opening a further 150 over the next four years.
Brighton & Hove Council is to consider plans from the Mill Group for the development of a £45m Covent Garden-style venue for eating, shopping and entertainment, on a site in Jubilee Street.
Brantano, the shoe retailer, is to relocate its Leicester headquarters and distribution centre, including about 120 staff, from Braunstone to a new £6m site at Bardon's Interlink Business Park by summer 2002.
Booths is planning to set up a new supermarket distribution depot in Preston with the creation of 200 jobs.
T&S Stores is looking to expand its chain of convenience stores into Scotland, as part of a strategy to acquire small groups of outlets across the UK.
Ikea is planning to set up a £30m furniture store and call centre in Stockport by May 2003, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Sainsbury has won planning permission from North Warwickshire Borough Council to build a 700,000 sq ft regional distribution centre at Hams Hall, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Connex is investing £15m in the introduction of convenience stores at railway stations in the south east of England, and plans to develop 40 sites over the next three years.
Tesco is to invest £250m in three regeneration projects in London, which will provide training and employment to about 5,000 long-term unemployed people.
Morrisons is planning to open four more supermarkets this year, taking the total to 114.
Asda has announced plans to build a £25m superstore in Llandudno, with the creation of 100 new jobs.
John Mowlem and Denvale Trade Parks are to build a £10m retail park on London Road in Salisbury, which will create up to 200 jobs.
Tesco has won permission from Cannock Chase District Council to build a superstore in Rugeley, with the creation of 270 jobs.
Logo is to invest £3m rolling out a chain of 15 discount clothing factory outlets, with the creation of 150 jobs, and is also planning to expand its network of high street shops from 17 to 34.
Crest Nicholson has announced plans for the £10m redevelopment of a prime retail site in Scarborough town centre, in order to provide more shops, restaurants and bars.
Clydeport has won outline planning permission to redevelop a stretch of land on the river Clyde in Glasgow, including retail space, homes, two hotels and leisure facilities.
MFI is planning to open 20 high street furniture stores this year, rising to 50 a year by 2003.
Royal & Sun Alliance is planning a £6m refurbishment of the Pavilions shopping centre in Birmingham, in order to improve the interior and exterior appearance.
Safeway is to set up three new staff training centres in London, Edinburgh and the Midlands this year in order to retrain staff for its new-look stores.
Stannifer is linking up with Capital & Regional for the £31m redevelopment of the Sauchiehall Centre in Glasgow, in order to create larger units and increase the total retail area by 10%.
Ikea is to open a new call centre for its furniture retailing business at Wath in South Yorkshire's Dearne Valley, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Safeway is to set up new photo processing labs at 70 of its stores this year.
Sainsbury is to invest £500m in 27 new stores and refurbishments in London over the next three years, creating 3,000 jobs.
Era Group has sold 13 toy shops to Hilco of the US, but the remaining 13 outlets will be closed with the loss of more than 100 jobs.
Sandwell Council has approved plans from Modus Properties for the development of a retail park in Smethwick, which will include an Asda superstore and about 700 jobs.
Time Group is closing 12 computer stores and relocating a further 10 following a strategic review.
Leekes is investing £1m in the expansion of its department store at Cross Hands in West Wales, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Kingfisher is recruiting up to 250 staff in Derby in preparation for the opening of two Woolworths stores at sites in the Eagle Centre and Normanton Road.
Tesco has won permission to build a £10m superstore at Glanford Park in Scunthorpe, with the creation of 600 jobs.
HIT Entertainment is planning to develop sales of Bob the Builder merchandise in the US by setting up "Bob shops" in 850 Sears outlets.
Greggs is planning to expand its chain of 1,100 bakery and sandwich shops to 1,700 over the next ten years.
WH Smith is planning to open its first factory outlet store at Cheshire Oaks later this year, and is also looking to open 100 high street and 50 edge-of-town stores.
Molton Brown is planning to open six more cosmetics outlets this year, including three in London.
Kingfisher is planning to open 15 Comet electrical stores a year, and will gradually sell off its smaller stores to concentrate on 220 "destination" stores.
Diageo is planning to open more than 200 Burger King fast food restaurants across Europe, Africa and the Middle East this year.
Thorntons is to resume the expansion of its chain of coffee shops, and will invest £8m opening about 25 outlets over the next few years.
Ikea has announced plans to build its first furniture store in Wales, creating 500 jobs at the Lattice gas works site next to the Cardiff Bay Retail Park.
Orvis of the US is planning to open about 15 fishing and country lifestyle shops in the UK over the next five years.
Holland & Barrett is to open three health food stores in Northern Ireland, having secured sites in Coleraine, Newtownards and Lisburn.
Tesco has won planning permission for a new £4m superstore in Forres, which will create 80 jobs.
Dixons is considering plans to set up a third customer service centre at Nunnery Square in Sheffield.
B&Q is planning to build a DIY superstore in Grimsby this year, with the creation of scores of new jobs.
John Lewis has announced plans for a £13m refurbishment of its flagship store on London's Oxford Street, which should be finished by autumn.
Unilever is planning to open a national chain of Lynx barber shops, following a trial of two outlets in London.
Safeway is planning to expand its retailing business in Northern Ireland, which will involve building new stores in south Belfast and Bangor and replacing or extending other sites.
Marks & Spencer is to set up a £3m food store in Sale this summer with the creation of 50 jobs, and a £6m store will open in Manchester's Trafford Centre.
Church & Co, the upmarket shoe retailer owned by Prada of Italy, has sold its chain of 83 Jones footwear shops to a consortium backed by Burdale Financial for about £17m.
Maplin is planning to expand its chain of 58 electrical stores with about five new outlets a year.
Jessops is planning to open 20 photographic stores this year and refurbish a further 20, while its concessions business will focus on Carphone Warehouse stores.
Choices Video is planning to expand its chain of video stores from 166 to 250 over the next five years.
Asda has announced a £25m plan to build a superstore at Brighton Hill in Basingstoke, with the creation of 400 jobs.
French Connection is to buy out its US joint venture partner for £23m, and plans to open 50 new stores in the US over the next three years.
The London Development Agency has selected Development Securities to build the Royals Business Park on 50 acres of the old Royal Docks opposite London City Airport, which will include retail and leisure space.
One-2-One is to expand the Pocket Phone Shop chain of 162 stores at a rate of one new outlet a month.
Outdoor Venture is planning to expand its chain of outdoor leisure shops into the London area this year, and believes there is scope for up to 25 stores within the M25.
Clarks is to invest £25m in the refurbishment of about 100 of its shoe stores this year.
Matalan is to open a clothing store in Kidderminster in March with the creation of 85 jobs, which will be the fourth of 20 stores due to open this year.
Partners, the stationery retailer, has been bought out of receivership by Chancerealm for undisclosed terms, which should secure the future of up to 1,000 jobs.
Allerdale Borough Council is seeking construction companies to bid for the £15m redevelopment of Workington town centre.
Liberty International is to spend £70m refurbishing its out-of-town shopping centres this year.
Manchester City Council has approved plans from Ician for the £50m redevelopment of the Smithfield market area, including apartments, shops, offices, bars and a hotel.
Durham Pine is planning to open 47 furniture stores throughout the country over the next two years, creating more than 200 jobs.
Sainsbury is to close its distribution centre on the Stakehill Industrial Estate in Manchester in April and transfer the business to a refurbished centre at Haydock, which could result in the loss of about 200 jobs.
Granditer Menswear is planning to double the size of its chain to more than 20 outlets.
Dune is planning to double its chain of shoe stores to almost 50 outlets over the next five years, and is also looking to move into the Middle East, France and Hong Kong.
T&S Stores is to open eight more One Stop convenience stores over the coming weeks, as part of a plan to open 20 this year.
Claire's Accessories has bought Girl Heaven out of receivership, and plans to add more outlets to the existing six.
Robert Dyas, the chain of 68 homeware stores, has been sold to management for undisclosed terms.
Nine West of the US has sold its Shoe Studio footwear retailing business in the UK to a management buy-out.
Liberty is planning a £4m refurbishment at its Regent Street store in London, and has also announced a withdrawal from its mail order and e-commerce operations.
Stannifer has won approval for a £85m shopping and leisure development at Sprucefield in Northern Ireland, including a Sainsbury supermarket, non-food units, a business park, car showrooms and a hotel.
Derry City Council has approved plans from Genova Northwest for a £50m retail park in the Waterside area of the city, including homes, a health centre, restaurants, a hotel and the creation of 500 jobs.
TK Maxx is seeking permission to build a distribution centre for its discount clothing business in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which would create 870 jobs.
Borders is to open a books and music superstore at the former Eaden Lilley department store in Cambridge later this year, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Spar is looking to open 40 convenience stores in Norfolk over the next five years, including 25 new outlets and 15 existing outlets signing up with the chain.
Wilkinson is to relocate its Lincoln store to a larger site at the town's former C&A outlet in May, where it will employ about 100 people.
Photo Factory, the Scottish independent photographic specialist, is planning to open four more stores this year to add to the existing 25.
John Lewis is to acquire the UK arm of Buy.com, the online retailer specialising in gifts, electronic goods and office supplies, for undisclosed terms.
PNC Telecom is to set up KJC mobile phone outlets at nine retail premises acquired from Boxclever for £0.1m.
Asda is planning to set up in-store jewellery shops, with the first opening in Manchester in April.
Discovery Store is planning to expand its chain of 31 gift shops with a further seven this year, and may also move into continental Europe.
John Lewis is planning to modernise 10 of its in-store restaurants this year, and will also expand its fashion and nursery advisory services to all stores.
Fat Face is planning to open one outdoor fashion store every month for the next two years, to add to the existing 40.
Julian Graves is planning to open a further 30 snack and ingredient shops to add to the existing 90, and will also set up concessions in department stores.
Midlands Co-op is to acquire Chesterfield Co-operative Society, which will add a further seven grocery outlets to its current 127.
Pret a Manger has sold a 33% stake in its sandwich retailing business to McDonald's, which should boost its international expansion strategy.
City of Edinburgh Council is to consider plans from Royal & Sun Alliance for a £10m retail and office development at the west end of Princes Street.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Wheatcroft Land for the development of a £12m shopping and leisure complex on the former site of Mackworth College, which will create about 200 jobs.
Taunton Council has selected Heritage Property Group and Salmon Harvester to develop a new shopping mall in the town centre, which will include a department store and 19 shop units.
Crystal Palace Football Club is to open up to six club shops across south London and Surrey.
HouseWorks is planning to expand its chain of 25 homeware stores with 15 new outlets this year.
Ann Summers is planning to open up to 58 lingerie stores this year, and is now focusing on larger outlets in high street locations.
Escada of Germany is planning to open fashion stores in Heathrow, Glasgow and Dublin.
Great Mills is seeking permission to build a new DIY store and garden centre in Fakenham, Norfolk, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Allders is to open a department store in Leicester this summer and three home furnishing stores at former C&A outlets in the spring.
TK Maxx is to set up a discount clothing store at the former C&A building in Worthing, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from an unnamed retailer for the development of a supermarket in Immingham, which would create up to 300 jobs.
Asda is planning to expand the number of in-store photo centres, opticians and pharmacies over the next 12 months, with the creation of 870 jobs.
St Helens Council has approved plans from Sterling Capital for the development of a supermarket and petrol station at a site currently occupied by St Helens Glass, which will create up to 300 jobs.
Books etc is planning to expand its chain of 31 book stores with a further two outlets this year.
Majestic Wine is planning to open 10 new wine stores this year to add to the existing 93, and is seeking suitable sites in towns throughout the country.
Somerfield is planning to invest up to £800m in the refurbishment of its stores over the next five years, in order to improve layout, shelving and merchandising.
Allied Carpets is planning to open 30 retail warehouse stores over the next three years, and is seeking suitable sites throughout the country.
Spar is to relocate its Harrow headquarters to new premises in the town centre in February.
Ipswich Borough Council is to consider plans from Samuel Beadle Developments for a £50m retail park in Raeburn Road.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from Grosvenor Estates for the £600m redevelopment of the Bluecoat Quarter, including new shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants.
JTF Wholesale is planning to set up a new £2m wholesale warehouse in Lincoln with the creation of about 60 jobs.
Tesco has submitted plans to Bury Council to redevelop its site in Prestwich with additional retail units and 150 homes, creating 170 new jobs.
Washington Inventory Service, the US supplier of stocktaking services to large retailers, is to set up a UK headquarters in York with the creation of about 70 jobs.
Sainsbury is submitting plans to transform the 20-acre Raglan Street site in Wolverhampton into a multi-million pound retail and leisure complex, with the creation of more than 750 jobs.
GoodBean is planning to expand its chain of coffee shops from eight to 30 by the end of the year.
Victory Corporation is planning to open a further 10 Virgin Cosmetics stores in Virgin Active health clubs this year, and is also seeking new standalone sites.
Ottakar's is seeking suitable sites to open three new book stores this year.
Skechers, the US footwear retailer, is planning to open a flagship store on London's Oxford Street as the start of a European expansion programme.
Blacks Leisure has relocated its head office from London to Peterlee to reduce costs.
Benetton has announced plans to open two regional flagship stores in Birmingham and one in Southampton.
Centros Miller has submitted plans for the £21m redevelopment of the Pescod Square shopping centre in Boston.
Tesco is submitting plans to Falkirk Council for the development of a £15m superstore at the former Wrangler site at Camelon.
Dixons is planning to open up to 30 PC City electrical stores in France.
Homebase is planning to open 25 new DIY stores and refurbish a further 70 over the next three years.
BoConcept of Denmark is planning to open 20 furniture stores in the UK over the next two years, to add to the existing two in London and Bournemouth.
Budgens has acquired Sewards, the chain of four Berkshire supermarkets, and the outlets will be rebranded under the Budgens fascia.
Dreams is planning to open 12 new bed stores this year to add to the existing 54.
Claire's Accessories is looking to open a further 100 stores, including 60 in the UK, 30 in France and 10 in Ireland.
Bonmarche is planning to open 36 womenswear stores this year and a further 70 will be refurbished.
Tesco is seeking 200 workers for a new £9m store in Fraserburgh, which is due to start trading in April.
Chartwell Land has announced plans for the £20m extension of the Silverlink Retail Park in North Shields, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Asda has announced a £450m programme to open 13 new stores and create 5,000 jobs this year, including a purpose-built Wal-Mart Supercentre in Swindon and a distribution depot in Bedford.
Flowers Direct is considering plans to relocate its Teesside-based online florist business to either Hull or Sheffield, which would involve the transfer of up to 35 jobs.
Kingfisher is planning to open 25 B&Q Warehouse stores in 2001 with the creation of more than 4,000 jobs.