Clydebank Co-operative is to enter into a supply agreement with Glasgow-based delivered wholesaler JW Filshill, owner of the KeyStore convenience store brand.
The decision to change suppliers brings to end a 10-year arrangement with the Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG).
Robert Sider, chief executive of Clydebank Co-operative, said: “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with CRTG but we are operating in an extremely challenging marketplace and believe that our stores will be in a much stronger position going forward if we have more flexibility when it comes to promotions and sourcing products.
“This is a bold move on our part but absolutely the right one at this point in time,” he added. “We are extremely grateful to CRTG for their assistance in enabling such a smooth transition to our new supplier and wish the organisation every success in the future. By forging this new partnership with JW Filshill, we will rejuvenate our stores and, at the same, further modernise the Clydebank Co-operative.”
JW Filshill managing director Simon Hannah said: “The convenience marketplace is fast-paced and exciting but it is also extremely challenging. Our depth of experience and access to ground-breaking 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.”
Clydebank Co-operative has six food outlets with the first Clydebank Co-operative Society/KeyStore fascia opening in Glasgow’s West End in September. A full supply and fascia rollout programme will begin in February 2014 and projected turnover for the Clydebank Co-operative’s food business for 2013-14 is £8m.