Botterill announced his resignation at his eighth annual conference last week, but he said that after 38 years with the company, he would take a more strategic role, working three days a week as chairman.
There were seven Botterills stores when Botterill took over from his parents in 1983 and now he said that it was a great achievement to pass the chain on to the third generation.
Craig was previously retail director and celebrated her first day as MD with the news of her first successful acquisition, taking the number of Botterills stores to 40.
Craig said: “My dad has gained respect through the trade and has grown in stature, especially with his work with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation.”
And she added: “It will be the company’s 50th anniversary in 2006, so it will be nice to have 50 stores in our 50th year.”
Botterill was confident in Craig’s abilities, as he said: “One of her main strengths is people skills, and in this business that is first and foremost.”