More management changes at Tesco-owned One Stop

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Tesco has appointed one of its former store managers to replace Mark Williams at One Stop.

Jonny McQuarrie, becomes retail director of Tesco Convenience and One Stop to replace Williams, who was retail director of Tesco-owned One Stop.

McQuarrie’s appointment provides further confirmation that Tesco wants to become more hands-on in running One Stop, and strip out excess management layers.

Tesco acquired the business for £373.3m in 2002 through the purchase of T&S Stores, which also operated the Day & Nite format.

Williams was one of the directors culled in in the latest round of redundancies at Tesco, which included the departure of franchise director Andrew King. Elizabeth Reynolds, One Stop customer director and life-long Tesco employee, is also believed to have left the One Stop business for a new role within Tesco, although Tesco did not respond to requests for confirmation of this.

McQuarrie began his Tesco career as a store manager in 2002 before winning promotion to stores director seven years latter to stores director.

He went on to become operations director of Tesco Extra, subsequently becoming London operations director and retail director.

Tracey Clements is now overseeing the entire Tesco/One Stop convenience business as managing director of Tesco convenience and chief executive of One Stop Stores.

Tesco said: “We’re currently making a series of changes to our service model across Tesco to further simplify our business, including in our One Stop business.

“While One Stop will continue to be run as a separate business, these changes will mean we are able to take further advantage of synergies and experience between the two businesses, simplify our operations and align our service models more closely.”

Meanwhile Tesco is working with a group of elected staff representatives in One Stop to agree on terms for staff made redundant.

Tesco would not comment on reports that One Stop staff had been offered inferior redundancy terms to its head office staff.

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