Midlands-based c-store group Select & Save has struck a new five-year “buy and supply” deal with Bestway Wholesale to replace its long-standing tie-up with Nisa.
The group, which claims more than 100 stores across the UK and recently appointed former One Stop Director Andrew King as its managing director, said back in March it was reviewing its supply chain options.
The group said the move was needed so it could “’continue to offer members the stability and confidence they expect while letting them develop their entrepreneurial skills and develop their businesses’.
The new supply arrangement, says Select & Save, is the first of many initiatives that will ‘propel the group forward’.
Co-founder Kam Sanghera said: “The review process has been rigorous, but it had to be, as we are talking about a major agreement that affects all of our members.
“We had to be sure we were not only getting competitive pricing and promotions, but also the support and infrastructure our members require and deserve.”
He added: “Bestway stood out from the beginning of the process, as they offered the scale, range, competitiveness and the commitment to our business that we were looking for.
“Like Select & Save, Bestway is an operator that started in retail, so they inherently understand the business and its challenges.”
Sanghera also said the agreement would create certainty for Select & Save members and protect their independence in a period of uncertainty as the multiples continued their “pincer movement” into the independent sector.
“With the consolidation in the market, we need to ensure members have the armoury to win the fight on the high street while still retaining their independence and allowing their entrepreneurial flair to flourish.
“Our partnership with Bestway will ensure members benefit from a strong ‘buy and supply’ model with great pricing, fantastic shopper promotions and frequent deliveries from an established, successful and stable supplier.”
“Our focus at all times was to ensure our independents remained truly independent in a market that is currently being circled by major multiples.”
The agreement, which runs for an initial five-year period, will see Select & Save stores receive their beers, wines and spirits and ambient deliveries from Bestway via its nationwide depot network, while chilled and fresh are delivered from Bestway’s dedicated chilled distribution centre in Coventry.
James Hall, symbol development director at Bestway, said: “We are delighted to be working with Select & Save and would like to welcome its members into Bestway’s multiple account division.
“Kam has done a fantastic job in developing the group, but I believe with Bestway’s scale and expertise, we can further support Kam and the team, improve its members’ sales and margin and deliver a consistent supply chain solution that provides its members with exactly what it is they want, and a little bit more.”