P&H announces new top management for WS Retail (Central Stores)

Palmer and Harvey, the delivered wholesaler, has announced changes to the senior leadership of WS Retail (Central Stores), its c-store chain. Steve Wilkinson, formerly Managing Director, and Tony Start, formerly commercial director, will leave the business effective from October 10, 2017.

Andy Davis, formerly trading director at BP, will replace Steve Wilkinson as chief convenience officer on October 2, 2017.

Davis started his career on a fast track management scheme at Sainsbury’s, before moving to Circle K, to start his career as a buyer where he finally became buying director. In 2003, he joined BP as trading director and was responsible for developing and implementing the M&S offer in the UK and internationally, more latterly as BP’s Head of European Trading. In his new role, Davis will oversee the growth of WS Retail, which P&H says is the UK’s fastest growing convenience chain.

Tony Reed, CEO of P&H, commented: “Steve and Tony have both made a great contribution to WS Retail. They have built a strong legacy with Central Stores becoming the UK’s fastest growing convenience store chain under their leadership. They depart with our very best wishes.

“Andy has held a number of senior positions across the convenience sector and brings with him a wealth of experience. It is this experience that will drive growth for the Central brand, as we look to capitalise on the opportunities that this market offers.”

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