Nisa (retailer)

Nisa Retail Limited
Private limited company, Retailers' co-operative
Industry Retail
Founded 1977 (1977)[1]
Headquarters Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people

  • Dudley Ramsden and Peter Garvin, Founders[1]
  • Nick Read, Chief Executive Officer[2]
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. 1 2 "Strategy & Structure". Nisa Retail Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  2. "Key People". Nisa Retail Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "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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