Ascona Group to transfer all 37 of its UK sites to Nisa Retail. The United Kingdom group is based in West Wales, but has outlets across the country including in the Midlands, the South-East, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Cumbria. Stores vary in size from 800sq ft to around 3,000sq ft.
The businesses agreed terms just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak and the first 12 stores have already transitioned to Nisa. The remaining sites will be gradually moved over as current contracts end with other suppliers. Many of the stores were supplied by Bestway under the Best-one symbol group.
All stores are set to take on the latest Nisa Evolution fascia and store formats over the coming months, with the first outlets due to be converted as soon as work can re-commence following recent restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus.
Ascona retail trading director Paul Stoddart said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Nisa and looking forward improving our retail convenience offering across our entire estate. This new supply agreement will increase our product range and availability with the ability to stock the Co-op own label range.
“Our customers will enjoy an improved instore offering in line with our retail strategy as our network increases across the UK in the coming months. This new convenience offering will enable our stores to remain competitive in an ever more challenging market environment and ultimately exceed customer expectations”.
Head of key accounts at Nisa, Victoria Lockie, added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the team at Ascona and am very much looking forward to supporting them as they continue to grow their service station estate.”