Batley’s Coventry continues spate of cash & carry closures

Date : 06 October 2020

Patrick Mitchell-Fox

Senior Retail Analyst

Following the announcement back in July that its depot in Plymouth was to close, it has now been announced that Bestway is also to close its Batley’s cash & carry depot in Coventry.  Bestway aims for its customers currently serviced from Batley's Coventry to be transferred to others of its sites in the West Midlands, with delivered customers being covered by its Oldbury depot and ‘collect’ customers moving to Nuneaton, seven miles away.

Speaking to RN magazine, Dawood Pervez, Managing Director, Bestway Wholesale commented:

‘Like all wholesale businesses, trading conditions have been extremely challenging and volatile over the past few months, and it’s a hard fact that we have to look ahead to the changing environment we are now operating within in order to ensure to ensure long-term sustainability of the business.  There have been tough choices to make but it is vital that we maintain our service levels, protect as many jobs as possible, and create greater efficiency within the business as a whole.  When our consultation process is finalised, we will be contacting all our customers currently serviced from Coventry, in order to activate a transition plan to ensure we continue to service them to the high standards they deserve and expect from us.’

Booker closing Makro Croydon depot

Alongside Bestway’s rationalisation moves, it has also been revealed that Booker is to shut the 112,000 sq ft Makro depot in Croydon, which it has owned since Booker acquired the Makro business from German wholesaler Metro back in 2012.  The closure is scheduled for early 2021 and Booker aims to transfer trade customers serviced from the Makro site to its Booker badged depot which is less than a mile away.  

Shift to delivery driving down need for extensive self-service space in wholesale

As delivery increasingly becomes the key service platform for meeting the needs of business customers in both retail and catering sectors, the utility of large scale cash & carry units, where customers shop from an extensive range of products for themselves is diminishing.  Moreover, an efficient delivery service can effectively reach customers over a much wider catchment than the more localised catchment a self service unit, reducing the need for wholesalers to operate sites in every town or city.