Ex-Clintons chief appointed Costcutter CEO


Ex-Clintons CEO Darcy Willson-Rymer has been appointed new CEO of convenience retail chain Costcutter, it has been announced today.

Willson-Rymer, who has previously acted as Managing Director of Starbucks UK & Ireland and Operations Director for KFC Great Britain, left Clintons Cards in May this year after it collapsed into administration.

Replacing Nick Ivel in the role, Willson-Rymer will officially take up the position on Monday September 10th 2012 following Ivel‘s departure.

Commenting on the move Ivel, who will be available to assist his successor where necessary and provide consultancy support, said: “After 14 years with Costcutter Supermarkets Group I feel that now is the right time for a change of leadership and a change of direction for me.

“I leave Costcutter Supermarkets Group in a strong position and with a team capable of leading the business to the next stage in its development. I have been involved in the recruitment of Darcy and I believe he is an excellent choice as Chief Executive and the right person to lead Costcutter Supermarkets Group.”

Costcutter has performed strongly in recent months, reporting a four per cent year-on-year sales rise for the first half of 2012 and continues to expand its store portfolio with the recent opening of a Kwiksave store and a fourth premium MyCostcutter store opening later this month.

Willson-Rymer, commented: “Costcutter is one of the biggest brands in convenience retailing, supporting independent retailers throughout the UK and giving them the tools they need to grow their businesses.

“With the new format kwiksave brand performing ahead of target and the roll out of the premium myCostcutter brand gathering pace, it truly is an exciting time to be joining the business.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting retailers across the UK in order to help them develop their exceptional convenience stores.

“The continued development and expansion of our company owned store portfolio is also a key objective and I look forward to working with the team to progress this.”