Bestway Wholesale, the UK’s largest independent food and drink wholesaler, is delighted to announce that award-winning retailer Anand Cheema has joined the Costcutter brand.

As the son of the current CEO of the Scottish Grocers Federation, Dr Peter Cheema OBE, retail is truly in Anand’s blood. At just 24 years old, Anand has already won multiple awards, including:

  • Impulse Retailer of the Year award at the 2021 Asian Trader awards,
  • Young Retailer of the Year at the 2021 Scottish Local Retailer Awards,
  • Refit of the Year at the Scottish Local Retailer Awards, and,
  • Best New Store at the Scottish Grocer Awards.

Speaking of his move to Bestway, Anand Cheema said:

“I’m delighted to join the Costcutter brand and am excited for the journey ahead, where I will be able to improve my business and its overall profitability.

“We have a successful history with the Costcutter brand, having enjoyed tremendous success as a Costcutter store in the ’90s through to the early 2000s. We still have a great relationship with members of the team.

“I was particularly impressed by the ambition of the Bestway Group and the successful direction the business is clearly heading in. For me, it’s all about teamwork and optimising the best possible opportunities. It’s important to be working with a symbol partner that has the same vision as I do and who is looking to grow together with its retailers.

“This is the next stage in our growth and development in a fast-changing market. We know that consumers’ shopping behaviours are changing fast right now, and we want to ensure we are at the forefront of that change. We’re here to serve our community and that is and will always be our number one priority,” he added.

Anand’s store in Falkirk, Scotland has been rebranded to the Costcutter livery and a full refit of the store will take place in early 2022.

Jamie Davison, Head of New Business and Store Development at Bestway Retail said:

“We are delighted that one of Scotland’s most exciting young retailers has joined our Costcutter brand as it’s a great time to join the Bestway family.

“As a family-owned business, Bestway has been very clear about its focus since the 1970s: helping retailers thrive.

“We are proud to be known in the industry as the most supportive brand in the sector and it is fantastic to see that we are becoming the symbol of choice for entrepreneurial retailers who are looking to take their stores to the next level.

“Alongside what we believe to be the best support package in the business, we’re investing in new ground-breaking technology and services that will help our retailers understand and adjust to changing consumer behaviours.

“Anand has already had great success in his retail career, and we believe that together, we can help him grow his business even further.”

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