A whole new world: today’s major players

21 January, 2011

Bargain Booze?Number of shops: 640?Openings 2008-2010: 100+?Plans for 2011 openings: Yes?Concept: Value-focused specialist off-licence??Majestic?Number of shops: 160 (plus three in northern France)?Openings in 2010: 12?Plans for 2011 openings: At least 12?Concept: Out-of-town bulk sales wine specialist with a strong focus on customer service??Oddbins?Number of shops: 132?Openings in 2010: Several?Plans for 2011 openings: 10+?Concept: Eclectic wine specialist??Rhythm & Booze Number of shops: 75?Openings in 2010: 3 (but two shops closed)?Plans for 2011 openings: 2 to 5?Concept: Competitive drinks specialist with a focus on beer, but has a growing wine offer??Nicolas?Number of shops: 46?Plans for 2011 openings: Possibly?Concept: French wine specialist in Greater London?Wine Rack?Number of shops: 23?Openings in 2010: 10?Plans for 2011 openings: 7?Concept: Niche drinks retailer??Brand Invest Group?Number of shops: 21?Plans for 2011-2012 openings: about 30?Concept: Winehouse is a wine-led drinks specialist; Cellar No 1 is a mainstream off-licence??Spirited Wines?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: At least one?Concept: High street wine specialist currently with a particular focus on France but expanding to a more international range??The Whisky Shop?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: 2?Concept: Whisky specialist??WineShak?Number of shops: 13?Plans for 2011 openings: 3?Concept: Drinks retailer with focus on local products and English wine??Laithwaites?Number of shops: 11?Plans for 2011 openings: 1 to 2?Concept: Wine specialist

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