History & Heritage

Delve into our long-standing retail franchise partnerships and our impact and involvement in island life.

In February 2016 the business was bought by a consortium of Channel Islands based investors together with the Management team.

The Channel Islands consortium was assembled by Ravenscroft Limited and includes Bailiwick Investments Limited and other private clients of Ravenscroft Limited.

Ravenscroft Limited is an independently owned investment services group based in the Channel Islands which has £6bn of assets under administration for both private clients and management of institutional clients from around the world.

In May 2019 SandpiperCI Group Limited were successfully listed on the International Stock Exchange.

SandpiperCI timeline

  • Costa Coffee opens at Trends

    SandpiperCI opens at new Costa Coffee at Trends in Gibraltar

  • Richards Newsagents and Post Office acquisition

    SandpiperCI announce acquisition of Richards Newsagents & Post Office in Alderney.

  • Matalan comes to the Channel Islands

    SandpiperCI acquires the Matalan franchise and opens their first stores in Liberty Wharf, Jersey and St Martins, Guernsey.

  • Acquisition of Le Cocq's Stores in Alderney

    SandpiperCI acquired three food retail stores in Alderney; The Freezer Centre, Le Huret and Arkwrights.

  • iQ franchise opens in Isle of Man

    SandpiperCI opens their first Apple Authorised Premium Reseller (APR) Official Apple Service Provider (ASP) store in the Isle of Man.

  • Card Factory opens in the Isle of Man

    SandpiperCI opens their first Card Factory store in the Isle of Man.

  • Card Factory opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquires the Card Factory franchise and opens their first store in King Street.

  • SandpiperCI lists on the International Stock Exchange (TISE)

    SandpiperCI now has 100,000,000 shares in issue and the opening market capitalisation of the company is £75m.

  • Card Factory opens in Guernsey

    SandpiperCI opens their first Card Factory store in St Peter Port.

  • Card Factory opens in Gibraltar

    SandpiperCI opens their first Card Factory store in Gibraltar.

  • Laura Ashley opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCi acquired and opens the Laura Ashley franchise in Liberty Wharf, St Helier.

  • 20 Morrisons Daily stores open

    20 Food Halls were refitted to Morrisons Daily stores across Jersey and Guernsey.

  • Liberty Wharf purchased

    SandpiperCI purchased Liberty Wharf shopping centre in St Helier, Jersey.

  • M&S celebrates 50 years in Jersey

    SandpiperCI celebrates 50 years of retail with Marks and Spencer in Jersey.

  • Acquisition of Costcutter

    Costcutter stores converted into Food Halls and Checkers Xpress stores.

  • iQ franchise acquired in Jersey and Guernsey

    The only Apple Authorised Premium Reseller (AOR) and official Apple Service Provider (ASP) in the Channel Islands.

  • Jack Wills opens in Guernsey

    SandpiperCI opened the Jack Wills franchise in Guernsey.

  • Hotel Chocolat launches in Gibraltar

    SandpiperCI announces the opening of the first Hotel Chocolat store in Gibraltar. This store being the first SandpiperCI store in Gibraltar.

  • SandpiperCI becomes completely C.I. based

    SandpiperCI was bought out by a consortium of investors who are completely Channel Island based.

  • Burger King opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened Burger King in St Helier.

  • The first Costa Coffee opens in Spain

    In 2014 SandpiperCI opened a Costa Coffee at Miramar in Spain, this being the first SandpiperCI store not in the Channel Islands.

  • Crew Clothing opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened Crew Clothing in St Helier, Jersey.

  • George opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI announces with Asda they would be one of the first organisations in the world to run a pilot George franchise at Liberty Wharf, Jersey.

  • Moss Bros. opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened Moss Bros. in Liberty Wharf, Jersey.

  • Pasty Presto opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened its second Pasty Presto in Liberty Wharf.

  • Pasty Presto opens in Guernsey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened its first Pasty Presto in Le Pollet

  • Hotel Chocolat opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened Hotel Chocolat in Liberty Wharf, Jersey.

  • Jack Wills opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI acquired and opened Jack Wills in the restored C.T. Maine building in St Helier.

  • Costa Coffee opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI opened their Costa Coffee franchise in Bath Street, St Helier.

  • Iceland opens in Jersey

    SandpiperCI opened their first Iceland franchise at New Era, Georgetown.

  • SandpiperCI formed

    SandpiperCI formed followed the buyout for C.I. Traders Ltd.

  • M&S named 2nd longest franchise

    The M&S franchise was named the 2nd longest international franchise in the world.

  • C.I. Traders Ltd. formed

    C.I. Traders Limited was formed by the merger of Ann Street Group, Le Riche Group and lists on the AIM market. Company focuses on retail property, food services and hospitality.

  • Checkers opens in Guernsey

    Le Riche opened the first Checkers supermarket in Guernsey.

  • The first Wine Warehouse opens in Jersey

    Le Riche opened the first Wine Warehouse at Five Oaks, St Saviour.

  • Checkers supermarket opens in Jersey

    Le Riche opened the first Checkers supermarket in Jersey.

  • Marks and Spencer franchise comes to Jersey

    Originally selling ladies, men's and children's clothing, customers quickly embraced M&S' unique offering so the store's product range increased to include textiles, food and home products over the next few years.

  • William Le Bas Benest

    Founder of Benest, bought a small family grocer and provision merchant near Millbrook Corner from two Le Couteur sisters. It is not known when the site was first used as a food retail shop, but it is probably one of the oldest in Jersey.

  • Le Riche Jersey

    Founded by Samuel and Marie Le Riche who originally opened their grocers shop in St Helier.