Bestway could be forced to sell its Edgware Road depot after the government gave the go-ahead for a £4.5bn shopping centre to be built on the site.

The wholesaler faces a compulsory purchase order to make way for the new Brent Cross shopping centre, development of which is due to start in 2014. It said it would appeal.

The news comes in the same week that Bestway bought wholesaler Bellevue, which owns two depots in Edinburgh and Sterling. They will be run under Bestway's Batleys brand, and Bellevue's owners, brothers Graham and George Benson, will be consultants to the business.

"We have been keen to expand the group with the right properties," said Bestway Group CEO Zameer Choudrey. "The acquisition of Bellevue will help us to build the Batleys company in Scotland."

Bestway also announced plans to for a new Bestway Cash & Carry in Liverpool.

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