Bestway Wholesale has been awarded the delivery contract for Select & Save, ending the 65-store retail chain’s 15-year arrangement with Nisa.
Following the signing, the C&C/wholesaler’s symbol development director James Hall described Bestway as “the safest pair of hands in the industry”.
He added: “The current climate in retail, with the uncertainty surrounding Booker, Palmer & Harvey and Nisa, makes it imperative that retailers choose a partner with a solid foundation who can meet their business needs and future-proof their growth. Retailers have to invest now to reap tomorrow and work with a wholesaler which is ready for the challenge.”
Nisa, which has voted to accept a takeover offer by the Co-op, was also being stalked by Bestway, which later withdrew its bid.
Bestway is also understood to be in the running to handle the distribution contract for Costcutter, which has 2,200 stores.
The C&C/wholesaler’s multiple account division, established two years ago, currently delivers to over 250 sites for 27 operators throughout the UK. It provides a dedicated manager to each customer.
Referring to one of the division’s leading customers, Park Garage Group, Hall commented: “Over its 57 sites, we have added 5.5% sales in what was a challenging year for the forecourt sector.”
Select & Save, founded in the 1980s as a franchised business, was later part of Booker for several years and then became associated with Palmer & Harvey. It is operated by independent retailers Kam Sanghera and Steve Jones.
Tel: Bestway Group 020-8453 1234Published Date: November 15, 2017