The management team behind One Stop c-stores has resurfaced to buy Balfour, the southern based CTN chain. Now renamed Balfour 2000, the 120 store company has been bought by the team of five with the help of venture capital company 3i. One Stop was sold by owner Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers to T&S Stores for £68m last year. Balfour 2000 chairman Charles Brims, ex-chairman of Portsmouth & Sunderland, has the same team of md and finance, commercial and property directors from One Stop. Two joined T&S for "a few months" before joining the management buy in team. Brims said they would focus on boosting the chain's c-store business, phasing out the CTN stores. Currently, 30 stores are trading as c-stores. "The first year will be spent looking at the Balfour stores, and getting the format right. From the second, we will be opening 20 stores each year, possibly more," he said. "By this time next year, we will have our flagship' stores up and running." Brims said ideas implemented at One Stop would be translated into the new business. The Balfour brand will eventually disappear, but Brims refused to say what it might be replaced with. He said the company's 1,500 staff, including the 57 at the Hayes head office, would keep their jobs. {{NEWS }}