The two Fife stores, Spar Ceres and Spar Leuchars were previously owned by John Mitchell and have been in the Mitchell family since 1923. The fourth-generation business was established by John’s great grandfather, with John taking control in 2007.

Mitchell is selling the business after considering the move for a few years. He said: “I’ve given it a lot of though and it finally felt like the right time. It’s been an incredibly busy and rewarding few years but I am looking forward to taking some time away from retail and embracing a change in lifestyle before I decide where to focus my efforts.”

The stores located on 2-6 Main Street, Ceres and 43 Main Street, Leuchars are being rebranded as Eddy’s Food Station stores this week.

Stephen Thompson, chief executive at Eddy’s Food Station, said: “These acquisitions are a key step in growing the Eddy’s brand and it also secures a future for the 36 staff employed across the Ceres and Leuchars stores. We are very much on track to open 30 stores within five years and these key locations in Fife play a big part in our growth strategy.

“We are incredibly proud of what Eddy’s, a totally new brand, has achieved so far. The two stores have an excellent reputation in Ceres and Leuchars and we’re focused on giving both communities a service they can rely on, and a brand they can trust.”

Mike Leonard, head of retail at Eddy’s Food Station said: “We’re thrilled to take over the reins from John and the family business. These are our first two stores in the Fife area and will really set the tone for how the brand shows up in the region. This is an important step for Eddy’s and one we’re really paying attention to.”

Eddy’s has been backed financially by London based Nash Capital, supporting the aggressive expansion plan of opening 30 stores in the next five years.

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