Guidance

Groceries Market Investigation (Controlled Land) Order 2010

This order limits large grocery retailers’ ability to prevent land being used by their competitors for grocery retailing in the future.

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Groceries Market Investigation (Controlled Land) Order 2010

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Explanatory note on the order

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Implementation date notice

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Advice on the operation of the Test in Schedule 4

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Procedures for carrying out the Test in Schedule 4

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Details

The Groceries Market Investigation (Controlled Land) Order 2010 (CLO) is one of 2 orders made following the Competition Commission’s 2006 to 2008 inquiry into the supply of groceries in the UK. The other was the Groceries Market Investigation (Supply Chain Practices) Order 2009.

Schedule 4 of the CLO sets out a test to determine whether a restrictive covenant or exclusivity arrangement may restrict competition. This test is carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Article 11 of the CLO obliges large grocery retailers to notify the CMA about store acquisitions. An optional notification form is available for this.

There are currently 7 designated large grocery retailers:

  • Tesco plc
  • J Sainsbury plc
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
  • Asda Stores plc
  • Co-operative Group Limited
  • Waitrose Limited
  • Marks and Spencer plc

Guidance on the application of competition law to land agreements is also available.

Contact

Please direct all queries to Bob MacDowall at the CMA.

Published 10 August 2010
Last updated 5 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Paragraphs 12 -15 in the 'Procedures for carrying out the test in Schedule 4' amended and Annex 3 added to reflect the CMA will now be drawing the isochrones in-house.
  2. Procedures for carrying out the test in Schedule 4 updated.
  3. First published.