Andy Cresswell (pictured), chief retail officer of Bestway, has resigned and will leave the company at the end of January 2021 after two years with the business.
Paul Adams will continue to head up best-one, and Mark Simmonds, who has been at Bestway Retail since 2016, will focus on the franchise estate as part of his commercial operations role. Both report to Bestway Wholesale managing director Dawood Pervez.
Bestway is also in the process of recruiting a head of stores to run the company operated estate and support the continued development of the retail offer.
The news about Cresswell’s departure follows reports that Bestway Retail, which includes Bargain Booze, Central Convenience, Select Convenience and Wine Rack, has instructed business property adviser Christie & Co to sell 37 of its UK stores.
Cresswell commented: “After two years, I’m pleased to leave Bestway Retail in a strong position and well-equipped to face the challenges ahead. I will leave behind an influential organisation that supports smaller retailers to grow. Bestway is valued, trusted and relied upon by suppliers and retailers alike, and I am sure the organisation will continue to flourish in the years ahead. I wish the management team and all staff the very best for the future.”
Pervez added: “The Bestway Group board is immensely grateful to Andy for the stability and vision he has brought over the last two years. Much has changed at Bestway Retail under his tenureship and Andy has been a valued member of our leadership team and pivotal in driving our retail strategy over this period. We would like to extend our thanks to him for the significant developments which have taken place under his leadership and take this opportunity to wish him well for the future.”
Tel: Bestway Wholesale 020-8453 1234