Nisa adds 1,000 new stores in 2018

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Apr 2019

Nisa has recruited more than 1,000 stores in the last 12 months as unprecedented numbers of retailers join the Scunthorpe-headquartered wholesale group.

The 1,006 total marks a 25 per cent leap in additions, over the 805 stores from the previous year, and 2019
has started with 93 stores joining Nisa in the year to date.

Steve Leach, pictured left, sales director at Nisa, said: “As part of the Co-op family, our partners have access to a fantastic range coupled with industry-leading service and support. We continue to invest in our support teams and new store formats to help our partners operate more profitably.

“We have ramped up our operational capacity to ensure that new stores have the support they need to join Nisa as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

The Normanby Enterprise Park team reports that interest in joining the group is strong and it has confirmed that more than 100 prospective recruits attended its annual retail conference at Stoneleigh, the highest number ever.

The company has grown its retail field team by more than 40 per cent to offer increased support to its independent retailers as the group rolls out the benefits from its £127-million acquisition by the Co-op.  Chief executive of the latter, Steve Murrells, described the addition as a game-changer as turnover and profit soared in the latest financial results.

For Nisa, the last 12 months saw the launch of the latest Evolution format, which offers a higher degree of flexibility to retailers, moving away from a one size fits all model to a modular format for symbol-carrying stores.

Since the launch of the Evolution store format, Nisa has completed almost 400 stores in total to date after accelerating its conversion programme. These stores have shown an average trading increase of 12 per cent.

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