Majestic appoints managing director for retail division

Majestic has appointed a managing director for its retail division, responsible for the group’s 211 shops including its Calais store.

John Colley joins the company from Praxis Netherlands, a Holland-based DIY chain, where he was chief executive. He has also held senior positions at Kingfisher, working as commercial and marketing director for B&Q and commercial director for Screwfix.

He will report directly to Majestic chief executive Rowan Gormley. Majestic Commercial, Naked Wines and Lay & Wheeler will all be run by other managing directors.

Majestic bought Naked Wines for £70 million in April and made its founder Rowan Gormley chief executive. 

The deal aimed to boost Majestic’s e-commerce presence and open up the US and Australian markets for the brand.

The company is due to reveal an update to its strategy plans at its interim results announcement on November 16.

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