Palmer & Harvey McLane (P&H) has so far retained around 60% of independent Scottish Mace retailers following the symbol’s acquisition from Somerfield.

Deliveries to these stores will start from July 4, and P&H will also deliver to 36 Somerfield-owned sites from the following week.

P&H commercial director Peter Austen said: “We now have a firm base on which to build the brand to our target of 120 Scottish Mace retailers by this time next year. The fact that we have so far retained 60% of the independent business is extremely encouraging, and this figure may increase, as there are still more retailers yet to make up their minds.”

The company also hopes to sign up a number of non-affiliated Scottish independents to the Mace fascia.