Best-one has announced that 60 ex-Costcutter and Mace stores have joined its group in the last month, following the collapse of wholesaler Palmer and Harvey in November 2017.

Retailers from across the country joined the Bestway Wholesale’s symbol offer, in what was Best-one’s most successful recruitment drive for independent retailers.

Tony Holmes, sales director for Bestway Wholesale, said: “From Aberdeen in the north to Plymouth in the south, I have been overwhelmed by the feedback we have been receiving from ex-Costcutter and Mace members. They were badly let down in the supply chain, but the vast majority were disillusioned that they received no communication or support.

”Retailers need wholesale partners who want to provide great service, not just lip service. The new members appreciated the effort our sales team put in and that gave them an insight in to how we work with best-one members and the scale and scope of the business. For many it was a real eye opener on how Bestway could add value to their business and drive sales.”

The Best-one group also saw sales rise by 18.9% last month, compared to the same period a year ago. 

Holmes added: “Over the next few months we will be working in partnership with these new members to put up fascias, develop their stores and help them focus on the key growth categories in convenience including fresh, chilled and frozen. We have doubled the size of our Coventry chilled distribution centre to and our depots are doing a fantastic job to fulfil orders so are confident that we can meet the needs of our new members.”