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Nisa recruits growing forecourt retailer

Growing forecourt retailer Ascona Group has signed a deal which will see its 37 sites being supplied by Nisa Retail.   

The business agreed terms just ahead of the outbreak of Covid-19 but that has not hampered the transition of the first 12 stores moving across to Nisa.

The remaining sites will be gradually moved over as current contracts end with other suppliers.

Forecourt specialists Ascona Group operate retail sites in the petrol retail sector offering a wide variety of forecourt services with top in-store brands throughout the UK and is one of the fastest growing businesses in the sector with an ever-growing portfolio of retail outlets and is now positioned within the Top 10 Independent Forecourt Retailers.

All stores are set to take on the latest Nisa Evolution fascia and store formats over the coming months with the first outlets due to be converted as soon as work can re-commence following recent restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus.

The stores vary in size from 800 sq.ft. to around 3,000 sq.ft. and are located across large parts of the country including the Midlands, the South-East, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and as far north as Cumbria, as well as stores near its Head Office based in Pembrokeshire.

The decision to join forces with Nisa was driven by the desire for improved availability and access to the Co-op own brand range as well as to enjoy the support available from the wider Nisa team.

As the stores come online with Nisa, customers will start to see an increased product range in the retail outlets across all categories but particularly the own brand offer.

Head of key accounts at Nisa, Victoria Lockie, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the team at Ascona and am very much looking forward to supporting them as they continue to grow their service station estate.”

Retail Trading Director at Ascona, Paul Stoddart added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Nisa and looking forward improving our retail convenience offering across our entire estate. This new supply agreement will increase our product range and availability with the ability to stock the Co-op own label range. 

“Our customers will enjoy an improved instore offering in line with our retail strategy as our network increases across the UK in the coming months. This new convenience offering will enable our stores to remain competitive in an ever more challenging market environment and ultimately exceed customer expectations”.