Scotland’s largest independent retail co-operative is to trial a number of Bargain Booze stores.
Scotmid Co-operative is teaming up with the chain’s owner Conviviality Retail, to pilot a small number of off-licence branches and the co-operative will act as the company’s exclusive franchisee in Scotland.
The stores, which will be run as a lone business separate from the co-op’s food stores, will be launched early next year and complete by June.
John Brodie, chief executive of the co-operative, added: “We will be working with Conviviality Retail in the coming weeks to identify the initial sites for the pilot.
“Conviviality Retail is highly regarded in their marketplace, and together we offer each other a number of exciting potential opportunities to develop and grow both our businesses.
“We will be Conviviality’s exclusive Scottish franchisee and if the trial proves successful for both parties there is the potential for further stores to be rolled out across Scotland.”
Diana Hunter, chief executive of Conviviality Retail, commented: “Conviviality Retail are the owners of the UK’s largest franchised off-license and convenience chain with over 600 franchised operated stores in England and Wales, operating predominantly under the Bargain Booze, Bargain Booze Select Convenience and Wine Rack brands.
“Scotmid’s excellence in retail management, property and local distribution together with our unique brand and trading experience creates a compelling customer proposition and allows us to expand geographically into Scotland.”