FreshXpress

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FreshXpress
Former type Supermarket
Industry Retail
Fate Administration
Predecessors Kwik Save
Successors Stores converted into Costcutter
Founded February 2007
Defunct April 2009
Headquarters Warrington, Cheshire
Number of locations 9 stores (at final closure)[1]
Key people Brendan Murtagh
Products Groceries
Employees 130
Parent FX Holdings

FreshXpress was a discount supermarket chain in the United Kingdom. It was originally formed in 2007, from the rump of the defunct Kwik Save chain, by Irish retail entrepreneur Brendan Murtagh. It existed in its original form between July 2007 and March 2008, culminating in it going into administration, and was then resurrected in a smaller form, however during 2009 the resurrected company also went into administration, and has since ceased to exist.

History[edit]

FreshXpress Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, a typical style of FreshXpress store inherited from Kwik Save, this store has since been demolished and a new Netto store built.

From the remains of Kwik Save[edit]

In February 2007 Brendan Murtagh, a major shareholder in Cavan-based Kingspan building materials group backed 70% of a £50 million rescue plan for Kwik Save, with the Kwik Save managing director, Paul Niklas covering the remaining 30%.[1] Murtagh's son Alan had already been a director of the business before he got involved.[1]

A new beginning[edit]

FreshXpress Retail Limited first had 56 stores,[2] all of which were formerly Kwik Save stores before the chain went bankrupt. On 6 July 2007, 56 stores stayed open, forming FreshXpress in an £18m deal, saving around 600 jobs.[3][4] The FreshXpress stores officially opened on 21 July 2007.[5] Prodo and The Think Tank assisted with the creation of the new brand.[6][7] In the middle of September 2007, due to poor trading results this portfolio of stores was reduced from 56 to just 23 better performing stores,[8] the closed stores were sold in chunks to Tesco, Sainsbury's, and The Co-op.[1]

Many of the stores were leased from the Somerfield group and are now being leased to other retailers

Into administration[edit]

Between September 2007 and March 2008 more under performing FreshXpress stores were closed down, leaving just nine stores, and Mr Niklas cut his ties with the company.[1] In March 2008 FreshXpress went into administration.[9][10] On 21 March David Whitehouse of Menzies Corporate Restructuring was appointed joint administrator.

2008[edit]

Another vehicle called FX Holdings (formerly Ivybrim), received the go ahead at Manchester Crown Court to acquire the remaining operating outlets.[1] Andrew King, a former executive at Costcutter, one of the company's suppliers was to head up a nine store chain with 130 employees.[1]

Into administration again[edit]

The parent company of the second incarnation of FreshXpress, FX Holdings was placed into administration and subject to a request for a winding up order in April 2009.[11][12] All the remaining stores were closed.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Future not so bright for discounter FreshXpress". Independent.ie. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Press release". Kwik Save. Archived from KPMG the original on 2007-10-06. 
  3. ^ "600 Kwik Jobs Safe". The Mirror. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Kwik Save shops sold in £18m deal". BBC News. 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  5. ^ "A fresh face on your doorstep". FreshXpress. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  6. ^ "FreshXpress Case Study". Prodo.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  7. ^ "FreshXpress Case Study". The Think Tank. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Store list". FreshXpress. Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  9. ^ "FreshXpress soon goes stale". The official website of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Jobs to go at Teesside store". Evening Gazette. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Companies House - FX Holdings". Companies House. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  12. ^ "London Gazette winding up order". London Gazette. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  13. ^ "The last FreshXpress store closes its doors". The Grocer. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-10-30.