Three industry veterans have teamed up to take over a c-store in Scotland.

David Sands, former MD of the eponymous c-store chain sold to The Co-operative Group in January 2012, Graham Benson, former owner of Bellevue Cash & Carry, sold to Bestway in June 2010, and Colin Smith, a former regional manager for Bestway Direct in Scotland, have joined forces to run Pinkie Farm Convenience Store in Musselburgh.

Their new company Lothian Stores is building a new 6,000 sq ft store adjacent to an existing farm shop, sold to the new company along with the farmland by Lynn Todd.

The trio said the new store, which is expected to open in May, would have a particularly strong focus on fresh and chilled foods, but would also have a dedicated petfood section and plants. It will also be ­supplied by Nisa.

“The old Pinkie store will close and our new outlet will open the next morning,” said Smith, who is MD of Lothian Stores. “It will be a seamless changeover for customers with all 16 staff staying on and more being recruited locally.”

He added that he was already looking for other sites.