Stephen Thompson outside the first Eddy's Food Station

Scottish convenience chain Eddy’s Food Station has entered administration, with the majority of the group’s stores sold off.

Founded by Stephen Thompson, Eddy’s had sites in Buckhaven, Greenock, Larbert and Leuchars.

Thompson returned to convenience in May 2022, opening the first Eddy’s store in Alloa, and had ambitions to open 30 stores over the next five years. He had previously co-founded Morning, Noon & Night with his father Eddie Thompson before leaving the convenience sector to work in football.

Three of the stores - Larbert, Greenock and Leuchars – have been acquired by CJ Lang. Work is to start immediately on transferring the three stores to Spar with existing store staff being retained while the stores will be fully serviced and supported by CJ Lang’s distribution depot in Dundee.

CEO of CJ Lang & Son Ltd Colin McLean, said: “We are happy to welcome these three convenience stores into the Spar Scotland family, following the sad news of its previous owner recently entering into administration.

“We recognise the challenges facing many convenience store operators at the moment, but we are pleased we have been able to work quickly to secure the future of these stores and the store staff involved. This will ensure local jobs are retained and the stores remain open to continue serving their communities.”