Applegreen joins Stonehouse Wholesale/Retail Group
Applegreen says joining the Stonehouse network will enable the retailer to "continue to optimise its distribution network”
22 February 2023
Applegreen is to join independent wholesale/retail group Stonehouse Marketing Ltd., which is reportedly “delighted to welcome Applegreen into the Stonehouse family”.
As part of the agreement, Applegreen will now join the Stonehouse members buying group.
“With a network of wholesale depots across Ireland serving both the retail and food sector, Stonehouse is excited to see that network grow with the iconic Applegreen brand now becoming part of the group,” Stonehouse said in a press statement issued this morning.
“Applegreen, since its inception, has been a brand based on quality and trust,” said Stonehouse chief executive Tom Shipsey. “I have been a huge admirer of the growth and strategic direction of Applegreen, and Stonehouse looks forward to Applegreen joining Stonehouse as we strengthen and grow the Irish Independent retail sector.”
Fiona Matthews, managing director of Applegreen Ireland also expressed the company’s delight to be joining the Stonehouse network.
“As a proud Irish brand, we look forward to working with our new colleagues in Stonehouse, which has been serving the independent Irish retail sector for more than 40 years,” Mqthews said. “Becoming a member of the Stonehouse network will help Applegreen continue to optimise our distribution network.”
With a network of cash and carry depots across Ireland, Stonehouse owns the iconic Homestead brand – now in its 40th year – and also the White Hat brand, which has been “developed by chefs for chefs”.
Established in early 2000, Stonehouse’s network has a history that encompasses more than 60 years serving the Irish retail market. It was formed through the merger of Keencost Centres (Ireland), which had been trading since 1975, and the National Wholesale Groceries Alliance, which was established in 1961.
Stonehouse currently has a network of 14-member companies; all family-run businesses, totalling 18 warehouses nationwide. The group’s current members employ more than 600 staff and maintain a turnover of approximately €500 million per annum.
Meanwhile, Applegreen opened its first service station in Ballyfermot in 1992, and now operates almost 200 locations in the Irish market.
What’s more, Applegreen has a significant business overseas, with operations in Britain and the United States, and a total of 620 locations and more than 700 branded food offers across its global network. In total, Applegreen employs 2,900 people in Ireland and more than 15,000 people globally.