Costcutter founder joins Co-op

Date : 13 June 2018

Costcutter founder Colin Graves has joined the Co-op as an advisor on its wholesale and franchise development plans.

Chair of new Wholesale and Franchise Advisory Board

Graves will chair Co-op’s new Wholesale and Franchise Advisory Board.  The board was created following the Co-op’s £137.5m takeover of Nisa which completed last month, and the start of its wholesale supply agreement with Graves’ former business, Costcutter.

Wholesaling and franchising a focus for Co-op

Wholesaling and franchising have been identified as big opportunities by Co-op’s food business, helping it to grow sales, buy better and spread awareness of the brand into new communities.  The purchase of Nisa and the deal with Costcutter are already evidence of Co-op’s ambitions in this area.  The new board will look to develop these and other relationships further.

Experienced independent retailer

Graves is a well-known figure in independent convenience retail.  He founded Costcutter in 1986 and led the business for almost 30 years until it was sold to its current owners, Bibby Line Group, in 2011.

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