Grimsby-based cash and carry specialists, Dee Bee, have announced the appointment of Dave Mills as Sales Development Manager.
Dave is widely regarded as a cash and carry and supermarket expert in this part of the UK, having started his career with the Frank Dee chain more than 40 years ago. His appointment coincides with the forthcoming opening of the new Dee Bee Cash and Carry in Hull by the parent company, the Ramsden Group.
He began his career filling shelves, washing floors and chauffeuring his then MD around the country until he began his climb up the retail ladder as a department manager and then wholesale buyer. He has worked in non-foods and white goods, promoted magazines and greeting card displays, and in the 1980s owned his own chain of stores.
More recently, he has worked in business development roles for several leading companies operating in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region.
Nick Ramsden, Managing Director of the Ramsden Group, said: “Dave joins us at an exciting time in the development of the Dee Bee organisation. Our new Hull depot, which is due to open in the spring, represents a return of the Dee Bee brand to Hull after an absence of more than 25 years and will mirror our very successful business model in Grimsby.”
The Leads Road depot will provide 70,000 sq. ft. of space and will hold around 6,000 different products, including alcohol, confectionery, soft drinks, snacks, grocery and catering. It will supply independent retailers, food service outlets, pubs and clubs and will be open to the trade.
About Today’s Group
Today’s Group is the UK’s largest buying group with purchasing power of £5.7bn. The group operates across the retail, on-trade and foodservice sectors and has more than 160 wholesale members, 434 symbol group retailers and 1,600 retail club members in England, Scotland and Ireland. Today’s currently has 138 own-label SKUs across four brands: Select (ambient products); Essentials (household and cleaning products); Blue Stone Spring (mineral water for retail and foodservice) and Amberdown (a range of great-tasting British ciders).