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Morrisons executive to join Southern Co-operative

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Following a successful Christmas period The Southern Co-operative has announced the appointment of Simon Eastwood as Chief Operating Officer of Food Retail.

Eastwood is well versed in the supermarket industry: most recently a programme director at Morrisons, he has had a number of senior positions at the company, as well as Kiddicare and Safeway.

“We are delighted to welcome Simon to The Southern Co-operative team,” said Mark Smith, CEO of The Southern Co-operative. “His breadth of retail experience and understanding of the food market across the south of England will make a significant contribution to continuing the success of our food business.”

“The Southern Co-Operative is an amazing business and this is a great time to be joining a growing, ethically-led independent retailer,” said Eastwood.

The Christmas trading period was strong for The Southern Co-operative. Like-for-like sales jumped by 4.7% and total sales 5.4% in the three weeks to 3 January. The chain attributed its success to competitive pricing and “tailoring the right range to the right store.”

The new appointment will begin on 14 March.

Published on Tuesday 23 February by Philip Gallagher

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