Our History

We began as Bargain Booze in 1981 with just one store in Sandbach, Cheshire and grew steadily over the following years with the Bargain Booze retail concept being first franchised in 1988.

Since 1988 the Company has continued to grow with Franchisees opening stores all across England and Wales. The Company’s heartland lies within the North West and Midlands, however, in 2013 Bargain Booze acquired Wine Rack then in 2017 we acquired over 100 Central Convenience Stores all located within the South of England and the Isle of Wight, both allowing us to extend our customer offering further.

In 2018, we were acquired by the Bestway Group and as such became Bestway Retail Ltd. The purchase of the business by Bestway adds to their already large business portfolio across the Wholesale, Banking, Cement and Heath Care Sectors such as Bestway Wholesale Cash & Carry, UBL Bank and Well Pharmacy.

We now operate over 400 franchised stores and over 150 company owned stores throughout England and Wales, employing nearly 2000 colleagues who enable us to provide a great local retail service in our communities.