Wine Rack, Bargain Booze and Select Convenience stores’ are expanding their partnership with Uber Eats to ensure vulnerable shoppers have access to their goods during lockdown.
Bestway, which owns the three chains alongside the Central Convenience Stores brand, said it aims to sign up 200 stores across the UK by the end of May.
In December, Bestway signed a partnership with the delivery giant, adding 81 of its branded stores to the Uber Eats app, but it is now accelerating the roll out of the initiative “so that vital products can directly reach people’s homes whilst staying local in the face of social isolation”.
The group is also working with its brands to launch a new food box scheme to further provide for vulnerable shoppers in local communities.
“We know how tough it has been for many operators to secure desperately needed stocks and supplies of products,” Bestway Wholesale managing director Dawood Pervez said.
“We’ve been working with our suppliers and campaigning on behalf of independent retail stores and community shops to stress the importance of supply through our sector, so that vital products can directly reach people’s homes whilst staying local in the face of social isolation.
“The role of the independent local community store has never been more important.”
It has currently closed registrations for new retail customers in order to prioritise availability for its existing customers, however it said it working with NHS trusts to help them further support the vulnerable and elderly.