Martin McColl has confirmed that Nisa will be its supply partner for the group’s larger convenience stores.

The deal will see 330 of the chain’s 670 c-stores switch from Palmer & Harvey to Nisa over the next six months. The remainder will continue to be supplied by P&H under a new contract.

A handful of McColl’s stores have been supplied by Nisa on a trial basis since late last year, and the new agreement will help to accelerate the rollout of the brand’s new format stores with an enhanced convenience offer, the company said.

Martin McColl chairman and ceo James Lancaster commented: “We believe that Nisa’s emphasis on quality fresh and chilled food, together with their wide ranges of ambient and chilled own label products, will enhance our convenience store offering to existing customers, attract new customers and significantly grow sales.

“As the business continues to grow with the development of convenience as the key part of our strategy, we believe this is the right time to review our supply arrangements and take this step forward. We see this as an exciting opportunity to take McColl’s to a new level in satisfying our customers’ every day shopping needs.  We look forward to working with Nisa to further improve and develop our customer offer.”

James Roberts, Nisa’s head of commercial operations and member service, added: “We are delighted to welcome Martin McColl as a member of Nisa and very much look forward to developing our service to the stores covered under this agreement. Our extensive product range and well established Heritage own label means we are well placed to provide an unrivalled service to McColl’s larger convenience store estate.

“It is clear there is synergy between the two businesses, with Nisa’s business model ideally suited to the convenience format store and McColl’s keen to develop this area of its business.”