FUEL PUMPS EMPTY AT GARAGE FORECOURT AS CONVENIENCE STORE STAFF FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The fuel pumps at the garage forecourt in South Street Crewkerne were empty today as staff in the Central Convenience store face an uncertain future, following the shock announcement that the parent company Conviviality Retail has gone into administration. Conviviality Plc acquired the Central Convenience chain from WS Retail, a subsidiary of collapsed wholesaler Palmer & Harvey in December 2017.

On Thursday April 5th, Matthew Callaghan, Ian Green and David Baxendale of Pricewaterhouse Coopers were appointed as joint administrators, ending weeks of speculation that Conviviality Retail was on the verge of collapsing. Administrators PwC said: “Conviviality continues to engage with parties interested in its retail business.” Conviviality’s retail brands include Central Convenience, Bargain Booze, Select Convenience and Wine Rack, who for the time being are continuing to trade as normal. A member of staff at the Central Convenience store in South Street told our reporter that it was business as usual in the store and they were expecting a delivery of fuel next week. Central Convenience has 127 stores across the country that include 20 petrol forecourts, stores incorporating 47 post offices and 18 franchise-operated stores.

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