Stephen Thompson outside the first Eddy's Food Station.
Matthew Neville

Food retail brand to create 500 jobs with raft of new store openings

The first of 30 new convenience stores, Eddy’s Food Station, opens today, creating 14 new jobs in Alloa, with a further 500 roles across central Scotland, over the next five years.

Alloa, Clackmannanshire is the first flagship of a new chain of Eddy’s Food Station stores, the newest venture from Stephen Thompson, former CEO and co-founder of Morning, Noon & Night and son of retail entrepreneur Eddie Thompson OBE.

Said to be one of the “most significant retail deals in Scotland’’ saw the chain of 50 stores sold for £30m in 2004. The launch of Eddy’s Food Station marks Stephen’s return to retail following his role as chairman of Dundee United Football Club from 2008 to 2018.

The Alloa store is the first of many, with plans to launch a further 30 in the next five years, a combination of new sites and the conversion of existing convenience store locations in Eddy’s Food Stations.

Stephen Thompson said: “This venture is an extremely exciting first leg of a long journey for Eddy’s Food Station. The retail industry is an industry I know and love. It’s an avenue I’ve always wanted to return to and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally happening.

“We’re investing heavily in resources and research into our offering and services at each Eddy’s Food Station. We’re passionate about giving our customers an unrivalled, superior experience and are taking this opportunity to shake up the market, creating a space that combines convenience and quality that goes above and beyond customer expectations.”

Dr. John Lee, head of public affairs at Scottish Grocers’ Federation, added: “We are delighted to support the launch of Eddy’s Food Station. The development of a new group of convenience stores is an indication of how strong the convenience sector is and how popular the convenience channel is with customers.

“This is a very impressive level of investment which will create significant new jobs and provide valuable services to our communities. We wish Eddy’s Food Station every success.”

Stephen concluded: “The name Eddy’s Food Station is a nod to my father and his successes in the industry. I’m thrilled to be following in his footsteps with this new venture and look forward to embracing the journey ahead as the Eddy’s Food Station network grows.”

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