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This chain of 1,265 convenience stores and newsagents now operates over 400 post offices – more than the Post Office itself. It trades under the names McColl’s, Martin’s and RS McColl, selling 700,000 litres of milk and 50,000 sandwiches a week. In March, the company refinanced £127m of debt to fund plans for a further 150 shops by 2015. Under chairman and chief executive James Lancaster, 65, sales reached £845m in 2012.

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Company details
CompanyMartin McColl
ActivityConvenience store operator
Sales £m*845
Profit £m*36
Year endNov 12
Principal shareholdersManagement (80%), Caird Capital (20%)

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