Palmer Harvey buys T A Symonds

The UK’s largest delivered wholesaler, Palmer Harvey, has announced the acquisition of Yeovil-based T A Symonds.
T A Symonds is a member of Key Lekkerland and Today’s and delivers to more than 600 customers in the West Country, including 500 independent retailers, 75 stores who trade under the Key symbol fascia and, 90 Smile stores. The company also services multiple retail groups as a member of the Key Lekkerland group, and will work with Key Lekkerland in honouring its contracts.
Commenting on the acquisition, Palmer Harvey chief executive Chris Etherington said: “This acquisition is in line with our strategy to be the leading provider of innovative solutions to our partners in the retail market and I am delighted to be purchasing such a well run, customer-focused business with significant scope for further development.”
Alan Symonds, managing director of T A Symonds, added: “Palmer Harvey is ideally positioned to build on the customer franchise I and my management team have developed over the last 40 years and take it to the next stage by offering retailers solutions only available through a business of Palmer Harvey’s scale, especially where convenience store retailers are expanding into ranges such as chilled and fresh foods.”
The Yeovil depot will be incorporated into the Palmer Harvey network providing additional capacity. T A Symonds’ workforce, sales teams, and most of the senior management will join P H.
Alan Symonds will remain with the business for the next nine months to help with the integration process. The Symonds family will focus its attention on developing its retail businesses with the head office remaining at Yeovil.

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