Dee Bee Wholesale has assured former Blakemore customers in Grimsby that normal availability levels will return, following the purchase of its rival’s former depot. 

The company is the only wholesaler with a cash and carry in Grimsby following the purchase this month. Dee Bee’s parent company Ramsden Group will let out the depot to other businesses, while Dee Bee will serve Blakemore’s former customers out of its other Grimsby site.

Nick Ramsden, Dee Bee managing director, told RN: “We received feedback from a lot of former Blakemore customers about their availability suffering over the past six months.

“We’re determined to remain competitive and offer retailers the best choice they can get. We’ve taken on 200 new customers.”

Mr Ramsden said the addition of the new customers will give the business an opportunity to expand the number of Today’s fascias in which it invests. 

He added: “We’ll be offering the Today’s symbol to Lifestyle Express retailers. Combined with issues following Palmer & Harvey’s collapse, we are aiming to grow our symbol estate from 90 stores to nearly 120 over the next year.”

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