Convenience chain Rusts announced net turnover running at £13m in 2003 as it celebrated its 25th anniversary this month.
Managing director John Cox said sales, excluding VAT and lottery, had risen from £11.9m in 2002, despite the fact that the Swindon-based chain had disposed of one of its CTN-sized stores this year.
Rusts operates 12 larger stores and is supplied by Londis. The chain, which is ranked number 50 in The Grocer’s Top 50 independents league, is on the acquisition trail, said chairman John Emeny.
He said: “We would like to buy a cluster of five or six stores in one go. Tesco and the Co-op have their hands full at the moment. We may be able to pick up a group of stores they can’t take on.”