Clydebank Co-operative has announced it will enter into a supply agreement with delivered wholesaler JW Filshill, owner of the KeyStore convenience store brand.
The decision to change supplier marks a significant departure for the group, bringing to an end a 10-year arrangement with the Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) and heralding a new era for Clydebank Co-operative’s six food outlets. In September, the group opened its first jointly-branded Clydebank Co-operative Society/KeyStore fascia in Glasgow’s West End.
Robert Sider, chief executive of Clydebank Co-operative, explained: “Our jointly-branded Clydebank Co-operative Society/KeyStore in Knightswood is performing ahead of targets, confirming that the wider product choice and access to more local and Scottish lines is striking a chord with consumers. The partnership with JW Filshill will rejuvenate our stores and, at the same, further modernise Clydebank Co-operative.”
Simon Hannah, managing director of JW Filshill, said: “The convenience marketplace is fast-paced and exciting but it is also extremely challenging. Our depth of experience and access to groundbreaking technology as well as a comprehensive range of convenience and Scottish product lines will help Clydebank Co-operative grow and develop its food business. It’s a partnership we’re very excited about.”
A supply and fascia rollout programme will commence in February 2014 and continue throughout the year ensuring a smooth transition.
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Image: Robert Sider, chief executive of Clydebank Co-operative