New Eddy’s Food Station chain to bring 500 jobs to Scottish retail
Alloa has seen the opening of an inaugural Eddy’s Food Station convenience store.
The new brand will eventually be opening 30 stores across Scotland over the next five years which will create 500 jobs.
Eddy’s is the latest venture from Stephen Thompson, the former chief executive of Morning, Noon & Night, which he co-founded with his father Eddie. In one of the most significant retail deals in Scotland, the chain of 50 stores was sold for £30 million in 2004. Thompson then moved on to become chairman of Dundee United Football Club from 2008 to 2018.
Thompson said: “The opportunity to operate a successful chain of convenience stores is very promising right now and this venture is an extremely exciting first leg of a long journey for the Eddy’s Food Station brand. The retail industry is an industry I know and love. It’s an avenue I’ve always wanted to return to and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally happening.”
The expansion of the Eddy’s network will include the combination of new sites and the conversion of existing convenience store locations.
The chain will offer daily essentials and groceries as well as a menu of fresh, local takeaway foods. Through partnerships with a number of Scottish food wholesalers, it will also provide customers with products tailored to the Scottish market.
Thompson added: “The name Eddy’s Food Station is a nod to my father and his successes in the industry. I’m thrilled to be following in his footsteps with this new venture and look forward to embracing the journey ahead as the Eddy’s Food Station network grows. Expansion is very much front and centre and so we are continuing to scope out further sites for future stores in more central and convenient locations.”
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