Mark Steven named as Scotfresh boss

Mark Steven

Scotfresh has appointed industry veteran Mark Steven (pictured) as its new Managing Director.

Steven brings a wealth of retail and wholesale experience to the role having held senior positions with Scottish multi-site operators Botterills (Spar) and KeyStore (Park’s). He has also recently worked for convenience and fuel technology firms Oracle and Point Four.

He replaces Chris Gallacher, who moved to United Wholesale (Scotland) to become its new Operations Director.

Scotfresh Chairman Shaun Marwaha said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Mark to the Scotfresh family. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in convenience retailing and an outstanding track record focused around customer service, innovation and technology which makes him ideally placed to drive our business forward.”

Steven said he was joining one of the leading names in convenience retailing in Scotland at an “exciting and crucial” time in its development. “Scotfresh has built up an excellent reputation in the industry and is a recognised brand with significant customer loyalty and strong relationships with suppliers.

“The business is scaling up with new store openings in the pipeline, further development of the OOR Kitchen food to go concept and ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies in a fiercely competitive convenience retail sector – this is an exciting and crucial phase of Scotfresh’s growth and I’m looking forward to working with Shaun and the rest of the team to build on the excellent foundations already in place.”

Marwaha concluded: “Mark brings to Scotfresh an enthusiasm for new ideas, fresh thinking and a passion for retailing that he will use to scale up the business as we progress with the next phase of our long-term growth strategy.”

CJ Lang – Christie