The Whisky Shop – the largest specialist retailer of premium Scotch whiskies – has a new owner who intends to extend branches into high streets right across the United Kingdom.
Ian Bankier, former chief executive of CL World Brands – the drinks group that owns Burn Stewart distillers – has bought the retail chain, confident the business is ready for expansion.
The Whisky Shop currently has outlets in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Fort William, Oban and Callander but Bankier has already identified a number of other town and city centre locations across the UK for new stores
“The premium scotch market is buoyant, particularly the single malt sector. This is where the interesting action is” said Bankier.