Another high profile Mace retailer has quit. Les Gwynne joined Costcutter this week even though the family store in Talgarth, Powys, has traded as Mace for 33 years. Gwynne said: "We did not think that with its current strategy Palmer & Harvey McLane would really take our business forward." Gwynne said he needed a more aggressively priced and promoted offer to cope with increasing competition. "We think of ourselves as a convenient store rather than a convenience store and want a fair bit of grocery. P&H's list was just not extensive enough." His departure comes soon after other top Mace retailers Paul Cooke and Paul Cheesbrough left the group. In all P&H McLane lost 14 symbol retailers and gained 31 in October ­ a net increase of 17 to a total of 745 stores. {{NEWS }}