CJ Lang & Son has reported a 9.4% increase in turnover to £212.5m for the year ending 30 April 2021, with pre-tax profits growing to £3.0m, as it continues to implement its strategy for growth.
As part of its business transformation programme, CJ Lang recently announced record levels of future investment into its company-owned store estate, with a major programme of store refurbishment works starting in 2022. The works will result in an improved customer offer across chilled and produce categories.
CJ Lang & Son Chief Executive, Colin McLean, said: “The previous 12 months saw a significant change in the retail landscape as the impact of Covid-19 was felt. Like many other retailers, our primary focus has been on the well-being of our staff whilst supporting our customers in the many local Scottish communities in which we operate as changes in routine have resulted in many shoppers choosing to shop locally.”
McLean added: “In the past 12 months, we have invested over £2m in the roll out of our food-to-go offer, CJ’s, which will be in the majority of our company owned stores by the end of 2021. We also continued to grow our independent customer base, whilst making improvements to our product offer, to meet the changing customer needs within convenience retailing.
“The Scottish retail market environment remains extremely challenging, with significant potential headwinds. Inflationary cost pressures, supply chain impacts, driver and fuel shortages have been well documented, however we remain well positioned to navigate these challenges.”