CJ Lang acquires ScotFresh

Dundee wholesaler announces acquisition of ScotFresh stores

Colin McLean, chief executive at CJ Lang & Son, stands in front of a white HGV with Spar Scotland branding across it.
CJ Lang & Son has acquired the convenience chain ScotFresh including all nine of its central belt stores.

CJ LANG & Son, the wholesaler behind Spar Scotland, has announced it has acquired Glasgow-based convenience chain ScotFresh Group Ltd.

An independent retail operation, ScotFresh has nine branded stores across the Scottish central belt and south of the country, with all 130 colleagues for the firm set to move over to be supported by CJ Lang.

Colin McLean, chief executive at CJ Lang, said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have acquired the ScotFresh Group of nine stores.

“ScotFresh has an excellent reputation in the industry and is a well-recognised brand with significant customer loyalty and strong relationships with suppliers.

“For now, the stores will remain branded as ScotFresh, and we will run the operation as a separate business unit within our own business so we can share best practice.

“We look forward to welcoming the ScotFresh management team and all store colleagues into the CJ Lang family.”

ScotFresh was first founded in 1983 by Jack and Rita Marwaha in the east end of Glasgow and had previously been trading with Booker.

The business is now led by Jack and Rita’s son, Shaun Marwaha, with stores in Glasgow’s west end, Riddrie, Cardonald, Scotstoun and Denny, as well as Irvine, Carluke and Dumfries.

Shaun Marwaha, chairman, said: “We are very pleased that our business has been acquired by CJ Lang & Son Ltd. It is important to us that we sold to a business who understand customer service, knows their customers and delivers great service.

“CJ Lang is a fantastic Scottish family business, and we know the ScotFresh stores and colleagues are in great hands. CJ Lang is passionate about working with local suppliers and offer great prices on a vast array of essential food and drink items, a range of services and affordable, great quality food-to-go.

“A huge thank you to all staff and colleagues who have worked with us over the years. Your support has been invaluable, and I very much hope you are looking forward to this new and exciting chapter.”