Nisa (retailer)

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Nisa Retail Limited
Private limited company, Retailers' co-operative
Industry Retail
Founded 1977 (1977)[1]
Headquarters Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Revenue £1.5 billion (2012)[3]
Members 974[3]
Number of employees

Nisa Retail Limited (formerly Nisa-Today's) is a brand and buying group (or "symbol group") of independent retailers (primarily small grocery shops) and wholesalers in the United Kingdom. It is a mutual organisation owned by its members and operating " a co-operative, using the collective buying power of the large group of members to negotiate deals with suppliers".[4]

Nisa logos
Nisa-Today's logo used from 2000s to 2008
Nisa-Today's logo used from 2008 to 2013

Its headquarters and ambient distribution depot are located in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. It also has distribution depots for temperature controlled products at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Harlow, Essex.

As of 2012, Nisa Retail Limited represents over 1,080 registered shareholders operating over 4,000 convenience stores and small supermarkets, including the Costcutter symbol group.[3] According to Company Accounts submitted for year ending on 31 March 2014, Nisa Retail Limited has an estimated net worth of £30.77 million.[5] In 2011, Nisa Retail Limited opened its new distribution centre for Scotland in Livingston.


The present organisation can trace its history back to 1977 when Peter Garvin, a Yorkshire-based retailer, met Dudley Ramsden, a wholesaler whose family owned a supermarket in Grimsby. The company was called the Northern Independent Supermarkets Association and comprised thirty retailers, with a turnover of £20 million.

Garvin had established NISA some years earlier as a means of fighting the larger supermarket chains of the time but had struggled with the format and future growth. A chance meeting with Ramsden at an industry gathering at a hotel in Bawtry allowed Ramsden to see the potential of the idea.[6][7]



  1. ^ a b "Strategy & Structure". Nisa Retail Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Key People". Nisa Retail Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d "About Us". Nisa Retail Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Local retailers planning merger". BBC News on 10 May 2006. 
  5. ^ "Nisa Retail Limited". Endole Insights. 
  6. ^ "Peter Garvin". 
  7. ^ "Tributes for Ramsden as he decides to retire". 

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