Wholesaler Bestway has acquired 60 former Costcutter and Mace stores as part of its “most successful recruitment drive yet”.

The acquisitions were completed in February and stores will be converted to the Best-one fascia over the next few months. Shop locations include Aberdeen and Plymouth. 

Bestway Wholesale sales director Tony Holmes claimed retailers chose to switch to Best-one following issues with Costcutter. He said: “I have been overwhelmed by the feedback we have been receiving from ex-Costcutter and Mace members. 

“They were badly let down in the supply chain and the majority were disillusioned that they had received no communication or support. 

“Retailers need wholesale partners who want to provide great service, not just lip service.”

David Ramsey, of Best-one Byram Park Road in West Yorkshire, joined the symbol group because of its fresh range. He told RN: “I joined five years ago and Best-one’s dedication to fresh and chilled has seen sales in those categories increase ten-fold in my store. 

“I have no issues with communication either because I can rely on the directors to pick up the phone when there’s a problem.”

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