Tony Holmes, who was promoted as the retail director at the Bestway Wholesale in January, has left the group this month.

Ed Smeaton, who headed up the grocery, impulse and own-label categories within Bestway Wholesale, is also leaving the business to take up a role at discounter Lidl.

Holmes’ departure comes in the wake of a ‘realignment’ at the firm following the appointment of Andrew Cresswell as the chief retail officer in charge of the companies’ owned and franchise stores including the Conviviality brands acquired last year.

“This meant a realignment of reporting lines across the retail sales team with the Bestway consumer retail brands [Select Convenience, Central, Bargain Booze, Wine Rack and best-one] reporting to Andy Cresswell, Chief Retail Officer, Bestway Retail, who in turn reports to our Managing Director, Dawood Pervez,” the company said in a statement.

“As a result of this, Tony Holmes, Retail Director, … took the decision to leave the business this month to pursue new challenges,” it added.

Holmes was in charge of overseeing the retail sales proposition for best-one symbol group, retail multiple accounts and Bestpets, the pet retail division of Bestway Wholesale. He was also assigned the responsibility for retail business development in the January restructure at the group, following the retirement of James Hall as business development director.

Bestway said its retail team, based in Crewe, will now assume responsibility for the company owned, franchise and symbol group brands within the business and the Bestway Wholesale head office teams will focus more on wholesale, catering and pet.

Holmes, who joined Bestway Wholesale as sales director in February 2016, has played a major role in the development of best-one, including supporting Costcutter customers in the wake of the P&H collapse and increasing store numbers to became the fastest growing symbol group in 2018-19, the company noted.