THE Co-operative Group has appointed former T&S Stores director, David Turner, to spearhead its acquisition strategy for convenience stores and supermarkets.
Last year the Group consolidated its position as the UK''s leading convenience store operator with the purchase of the Balfours chain, nine months after its high-profile acquisition of Alldays.
Mr Turner, who joins the Group as Head of Acquisitions ? Retail, is a member of the senior food retailing executive, reporting to Malcolm Hepworth, Chief Operating Officer ? Retail.
Over the last four years the Co-operative Group's retail business has grown significantly ? it now boasts 1,800 food stores ? and its retail strategy has been to move out of superstores into market town and Welcome convenience stores.
Mr Turner's brief is to deliver growth through acquisitions, a cornerstone of the Co-operative Group's successful food retailing strategy.
He was group property director of T&S Stores when Tesco acquired the business where his responsibilities included the growth of the One Stop convenience store chain from a handful of units to 862 stores. Previous roles included a similar position at leading fashion retailer, Next.
His appointment follows the announcement that Joe Holland will retire as General Manager ? acquisitions in July.
Malcolm Hepworth commented: "David will bring extensive experience, a proven track record and skill to the task, as well as an excellent knowledge of the food retail market place."
He added: "Joe Holland has been at the forefront of our achievements on the acquisition front, notably through the recent purchase of Alldays and Balfour, and David will build upon this success."