After moving to the UK in 1956, Sir Anwar Pervez went on to open his first convenience store “Kashmir” in Earl’s Court, London in 1963. Over the ensuing decade he continued to grow his convenience store estate. However, despite the growth in his business, Sir Anwar grew frustrated at not being unable to unlock more favourable terms from his wholesale supplier in spite of providing increased custom.
It was at this point that Sir Anwar began to examine the Wholesale sector more closely and this culminated in him founding what is now Bestway Wholesale when he opened his first wholesale depot in 1976.
Today, Bestway Wholesale has grown to become the UK’s largest independent food wholesaler and serves over 100,000 independent retailers with a product line of over 25,000 items and employs over 6,500 employees across the UK.
Bestway Group has invested significantly in the wholesale sector, its key investments include
- A series of organic openings and smaller acquisitions throughout the 1980s and 1990s
- Acquisition of Batleys Plc in 2005
- Acquisition of Conviviality Retail in 2018
- Acquisition of Costcutter Supermarket Group in 2021
Bestway Wholesale is the UK’s largest independent wholesaler with a 15% market share, employing over 6,500 individuals in the UK.
Bestway Wholesale is predominantly a B2B business and serves over 100,000 retailers and caterers across the UK, including over 7,000 retail club, symbol and franchise members. Bestway wholesale services its customers through its nationwide network of 59 depots, e-commerce channels and delivery network. Bestway Wholesale offers close to 6 million square feet of selling space and over 25,000 product lines.
Bestway Wholesale operates across a variety of sectors including convenience retail, foodservice, specialist pet and specialist world foods. It also partners with retailers across the spectrum from independent to franchisees.
Bestway Wholesale also owns and operates a number of retail brands including best-one, Costcutter, Bargain Booze, amongst others.
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Bestway Wholesale Executive Team
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