Nisa Vote C

Today, Nisa members agreed on a £137m deal to sell the 40-year-old buying group to the Co-op.

It’s not been easy getting there: this landmark deal unfolded with many twists and turns along the way.

Here’s how The Grocer reported on the key milestones of this historic deal for UK convenience retail:


12 June – Nisa explores potential sale

16 JuneNisa sale: what you need to know

19 JuneComment: Buying fiercely independent Nisa will be no easy feat

23 JuneSainsbury’s closes in on Nisa but will members say yes?



4 JulySainsbury’s-Nisa deal risky without McColl’s renewal



1 August – Morrisons and McColl’s strike supply deal

14 AugustSainsbury’s delays Nisa move as Co-op comes back to the table

16 AugustWhere now for the Nisa deal as Sainsbury’s pushes pause?

30 AugustThe Co-op enters exclusive talks to buy Nisa



8 SeptemberNisa members would prefer Sainsbury’s deal to Co-op



2 OctoberNick Read walks away from Nisa

6 OctoberFormer Matalan COO Arnu Misra takes over as interim Nisa CEO

10 OctoberCo-op’s bid for Nisa to be put to the vote by members



10 NovemberBestway out of the picture for Nisa as wholesaler dubs valuation ‘crazy’

10 NovemberCo-op Nisa deal still in the balance as decision day looms

13 NovemberNisa members accept £137m Co-op bid in historic vote