McColl’s appoints Co-op buying group managing director as chief commercial officer

He was responsible for the strategy of the Co-operative Federal Retail and Trading Services, the central buying group for the UK’s largest co-ops

Co-op buying group managing director Richard Crampton is leaving the society to join convenience retailer McColl’s as chief commercial officer in autumn 2019.

Richard Crampton
Richard Crampton joins McColls in the autumn

With the Co-op Group since 2015, Mr Crampton was responsible for the buying group’s strategy, corporate structures, food buying, logistics, funeral and shared efficiency projects. The central buying group, Co-operative Federal Retail and Trading Services (FRTS), brings together the UK’s retail co-operatives. It is owned and controlled by each of the member societies and is managed by the Co-op Group on their behalf.

McColl’s runs 1,550 managed convenience stores and newsagents across the UK. In 2016 the Co-op Group sold 298 convenience stores to McColl’s.

Jonathan Miller, chief executive of McColl’s, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to McColl’s. His background with the multiple grocers and his extensive experience in convenience and food retail will be a tremendous benefit to our business as we further strengthen our neighbourhood convenience offer.”

Richard Crampton said: “I am delighted to be joining McColl’s, and I look forward to working with Jonathan and the wider team to capitalise on the many opportunities available to the company in the convenience market.”

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