New owner for former Co-op store in Rodbourne

By Amanda Wilkins - 23 February 2024


A new independent retailer has taken ownership of the former Co-op store in Rodbourne and the new store is now open following a brief closure.

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has brokered the sale of a convenience store on Rodbourne Road in Swindon, to an independent retailer and first-time buyer in the convenience retail sector, who has big plans for the business.

The former Co Op store attracted good interest and multiple offers when it was put up for sale with Christie & Co’s Retail team in 2023.

The buyer, Mahendira Palanisamy, an experienced retailer in commission operated petrol stations, was eager to acquire a freehold convenience store and jumped at the opportunity to secure his first site.

The store has now opened and Mahendira has wasted no time in getting stuck into the business.

He said: “I wanted to re-open the store as soon as possible so that the regular customers and local community weren’t affected by the change of ownership.

“I am planning to refurbish the store and convert to NISA who stock plenty of Co Op products and operate the store with the help of my family.

“This should help me take the business to the next level and better serve the local community.”

Dave Morris, Regional Director – Retail at Christie & Co, who brokered the deal, said: “The store represented a good opportunity for an independent operator to acquire a busy convenience store that has served the local community well.

“Mahendira has big plans for the business and we wish him well as he transitions across to NISA and introduces new services that will benefit the community.”

Mahendira worked with Lawrence Roberts, Regional Director at Christie Finance, Christie & Co’s sister company, to secure the funds needed to complete the purchase.

Lawrence Roberts said: “I am very pleased to have supported Mahendira on his first convenience store purchase by obtaining a competitive funding package for him.

“Mahendira now has the opportunity to put his stamp on the business and continue to serve the local and passing trade, which I know will be a success!”

“The convenience retail market has remained buoyant across the UK, despite the recent interest rate rises and cost of living crisis.

“There are plenty of buyers looking for opportunities, so we highly recommend getting in touch if you’re thinking about selling your retail business.”


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