In a landslide result, members of Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Group have voted for the two buying groups to join to strengthen their position in the market and further support independent retailers
Of those members who voted, 96% were in favour of the merger going ahead.
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The member vote, which closed on September 6, will result in the creation of new entity Unitas Wholesale.
“We are absolutely delighted that our members voted to merge the two groups,” said John Mills, Landmark Wholesale Managing Director and Darren Goldney, Today’s Group Managing Director in a joint statement.
“Through enhanced scale, relevance and capability, Unitas Wholesale will be the sustainable wholesale business partner for its supplier base, creating an alternative route to market in the face of the consolidation that is taking place within the wholesale sector.”
The merger will formally complete on October 31. By then both groups will have been through a period of consultation and selection with management and staff and will have announced the structure to support the new company.
“The creation of Unitas Wholesale offers an incredible opportunity to support independent businesses and enable them to thrive,” concluded Mills and Goldney. “Unitas will also create a new and exciting opportunity for suppliers, independent wholesalers and the thousands of independent businesses that we collectively serve.”