The Nisa-Today's board remained locked in talks over the terms of the company's merger with Costcutter as The Grocer went to press.

While negotiations continued, the Nisa Members Association said it had forced the board to freeze sale and leaseback plans for Nisa-Today's ambient warehouse in Scunthorpe.

The NMA issued a high court injunction threatening legal action if the warehouse sale went ahead without majority shareholder approval. The board had since put the deal on hold, it was claimed.

Proposals have emerged to move Costcutter's head office to Nisa-Today's HQ if the merger goes ahead.