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Clydebank Co-op signs supply deal

CLYDEBANK Co-operative has reached a new supply deal with wholesaler JW Filshill, ending its 10-year agreement with the Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG).

The deal means Glasgow-based Filshill, which owns the Keystore convenience store brand, will supply the six food stores owned by the Clydebank Co-op. It comes after Keystore and the group launched their first jointly branded convenience store in Glasgow's Knightswood area in September.

Robert Sider, chief executive of Clydebank Co-operative, said: "We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with CRTG but we are operating in an extremely challenging marketplace and believe our stores will be in a much stronger position going forward if we have more flexibility when it comes to promotions and sourcing products.

"Indeed, our jointly branded Clydebank Co-operative Society/KeyStore in Knightswood is performing ahead of targets, confirming that the wider product choice and access to more local and Scottish lines is striking a chord with consumers."

Simon Hannah, managing director of JW Filshill, described the partnership as one "we're very excited about".

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