Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has acquired three stores from Essex-based Nisa-Today's retailer Wisebuys.

The society, which has 30 stores in Essex, has snapped up sites in Blackmore, Hutton and Great Notley. Wisebuys will continue to operate from two Nisa-branded stores in Ongar and Brentwood in Essex.

Chelmsford Star plans to rebrand stores with The Co-operative fascias. "This has enabled us to bring The Co-operative brand to areas where The Co-operative name has been missing in recent years," said deputy CEO Barry Wood.