Parfetts expands team to support Go Local growth

To support the growth of its Go Local symbol group, Parfetts has recruited five new business development managers and 20 new staff at its headquarters in Stockport.

Guy Swindell: ‘The next couple of years will be a period of unprecedented growth for Go Local.’

The Go Local and Go Local Extra fascias have seen rapid expansion in recent months and the company believes its focus on value and industry-leading delivery services will fuel further growth, with a target of 1,000 members.

The new structure will see Craig Richardson manage fascia development nationwide. The new regional managers are Stuart Mann in the Midlands, Joe Tindle and Theo Tooth in the North East, and Zoe Taylor and Dave Tighe in the North West.

In its latest annual results, Parfetts saw turnover grow by 9.8% to £380 million, and like-for-like sales, excluding its new Middlesbrough depot and cigarettes, rise by 5%.

It is investing to expand GOLD (Go Local Direct), a 24-hour depot concept that combines cash & carry and RDC from one site, which allows retailers to order up to midnight for next-day deliveries. The approach has proven popular with retailers using Parfetts’ Sheffield depot, which has seen sales increase by 10% over the last 12 month.

Commenting on the plans, Guy Swindell, retail director at Parfetts, said: “Our retailers tell us they value our independence and focus on delivering everyday low prices. We understand that retailers need the flexibility to trade in the way they want while being part of fascia that is constantly investing to improve the support it provides.

“The next couple of years will be a period of unprecedented growth for Go Local. We are expanding our geographical reach, digital services and network of experienced regional managers, to ensure every retailer has the support they need to thrive.”

The Go Local retail club promotion package has grown to 3,750 members, up from 3,000 in September 2019.

Tel: Parfetts 0161-429 0429

Published Date: February 18, 2020
Category: Wholesale Industry News