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Feb 14, 09

STAG membership hits 439

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Three new retailers have joined STAG, taking membership of the buying group to 439.

NEW OWNERS OF FINNIES OF AYR, ONE OF SCOTLAND’S OLDEST ESTABLISHED SPORTS RETAILERS, JOIN STAG BUYING GROUP
Colin Craig and Scott Bryden, the new owners of Finnies of Ayr, have joined the STAG Buying Group. The previous owner, Ernie Finnie, sold the business to the two long-term employees recently. Says Ward Robertson, joint managing director of STAG: “I’m delighted to welcome the two new owners into the STAG family, which proves the point even more than ever that both long-established and new owners alike see the sheer economic sense of STAG membership.”

NEW OWNERS OF ONE OF STAG’S LONGEST-ESTABLISHED RETAILERS JOINS THE BUYING GROUP
Paul Froome, the new owner of one of STAG’s longest-established retailers, says: “It was a pleasure to meet Ward again and find out more about the group, and it only reaffirms my desire to work with STAG now and in the future.”

Says Ward Robertson: “I am delighted to welcome Paul and his wife into STAG and to continue on with a new membership. Paul will breathe new life into a very well established business and independent sports retailer. The STAG buying group will have an immediate effect on improving the profit margins and bottom line of the business.”

YORKSHIRE RETAILER JOINS STAG TO BOOST MARGINS
Trevor Hinchliffe, owner of The Real Sports Store in Rotherham, has also joined the STAG Buying Group. His manager of 25 years, Andrew Thorpe, had researched the buying group - and the obvious conclusion was reached. Ward Robertson visited the store on January 30 and is delighted to accept Trevor and his excellent sports retail business into STAG.

STAG MEETS WITH PUMA TOP BRASS
In February joint managing directors Ward Robertson and Ricky Chandler met with Puma’s top brass to discuss ways in which Puma can support STAG members in 2009. Says Robertson: “We found the attitude and exchange of ideas absolutely first class. Puma have a huge degree of support for our members and it shows with the first of many new incentives starting this month.”

 

 

 

 

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