SandpiperCI is the largest operator of Food Convenience Shops in the Channel Islands with a network of 45 shops, covering key locations across both islands. We are also proud to work in partnership, on a franchise basis, with a large number of Blue Chip retail brands from the UK.

The Channel Islands economies have grown significantly over the last two decades. With a combined population of over 165,000 residents, a low tax and high disposable income environment, it is an attractive place to do business.

At the heart of our franchise development is our relationship with Marks & Spencer, which is the second longest international franchise agreement in the world and has just celebrated its  50th Anniversary working together in partnership. We operate a full range of store formats, including Simply Foods, a standalone Home Store and a standard mixed format in a key location in the capital, St Helier.  

We also offer access to a much wider range of M&S products through our online ordering channel

Over the last ten years we have built upon our knowledge and skill set in operating franchise stores and we have now developed an unbeatable record of accomplishment in introducing established brands to the Channel Islands.

In 2009 we opened our first franchise stores with Costa Coffee & Iceland Foods. This was followed by the introduction of Hotel Chocolat & Cornish Bakery and in late 2011 we opened units with Crew Clothing & Jack Wills. In 2012 we were chosen as the first franchise location in the world for George, selling the full range of one of United Kingdom’s leading volume retailers. We operate units for all of these brands in both islands of Jersey and Guernsey. In 2015, we added Moss Bros into our portfolio and in mid 2016 Burger King in Jersey. Our most recent franchise addition is with Morrisons. The new partnership will see most of our mini-supermarkets being rebranded into ‘Morrisons Daily’ stores. Conversions will start late spring 2018. The stores will be supplied with Morrisons own-brand products, alongside other popular branded products.

We now operate in over 30 franchise locations and partner with 12 blue chip brands.

Our success is down to our understanding of the local marketplace and the skills and experience of our team. The SandpiperCI Operating Board have significant experience at Director level with UK retailers.

Other major advantages of partnering with us are:

  • We operate franchises for brands across most sectors of retail - Food, Clothing, Homeware, Food to go and Hospitality Retail.
  • We also manage our own wholly-owned portfolio of food stores in a variety of formats and are the No 1 convenience retailer in the Channel Islands.
  • We understand the local economies, have detailed consumer insights and know what will work in the islands.
  • We are experts in local laws and regulations with well established contacts with authority and regulatory bodies locally.
  • We have an established and pan island supply chain, warehousing and logistics support.
  • We have an established functional infrastructure (finance, operations, legal, marketing, commercial, HR), which enables us to respond rapidly and hit the ground running.
  • With developments strictly controlled, we maintain close contact with developers and agents, to ensure we are intimately aware of site availability and development opportunities.

Talk to SandpiperCI, our successful experience in establishing high street brands in the Channel Islands is second to none. Our existing partners will be happy to provide you with testaments to our effective operation of their brands.