The Wynnstay Group has strengthened its south west retail footprint through the purchase of Somerset-based Stanton Farm Supplies. But the move means the rationalisation of some of its existing stores network in the region.

Stanton Farm Supplies was established near Langport in 2003 by Andrew Stanton, with a particular focus on dairy hygiene products and services. In 2014 he opened a Bristol branch in partnership with Ed Parsons, and the business has grown to cover Avon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. It also operates an online retail channel.

Wynnstay says the acquisition further develops the Group’s presence in the South West region following its purchase of eight stores from the administrators of Countrywide Farmers a year ago.

However, the Group is to close the Wynnstay Evercreech and Wynnstay Honiton Agricentre Stores permanently from April 26th. Wynnstay bought Agricentre and its eight stores across central south and south western England in October 2015. A review of its store footprint in the region following the Stanton purchase has resulted in the difficult decision to close the two outlets.

Commenting on the change of ownership, Mr Stanton says: “This development in our business gives us the opportunity to extend the range of products and services available to our customer base. We look forward to working with the Wynnstay team to continue giving our customers a high level of service and look forward to developing the business further.”

Paul Godwin, Wynnstay Group purchasing and supply director adds: “We are very pleased to bring the Stanton Farm Supplies business into the Wynnstay family – Andrew and his team bring with them a wealth of experience in the dairy hygiene area.

“We will work with them to develop the product offering for their loyal customer base, with a view to offering the complete Wynnstay portfolio in the region.”