McColl's has a long and rich history in retail and is well established in the convenience sector. The Group was founded in 1973 in vending operations and grew to become the established leader in these markets.
By 1994 the Group was involved in retail through its ownership of the long standing Forbuoys chain of newsagents. In 1994 the strategy to convert to convenience was launched and the Group’s first food based stores were opened. In 1995 the Group’s entire operations were acquired in a management buy out.
In 1998 the Martin’s chain of newsagents and convenience stores was acquired. Martin’s was the owner of R S McColl, a brand with strong heritage in Scotland dating back to 1901. The combination of Forbuoys and Martins created the largest neighbourhood retailer in the United Kingdom.