Booths has appointed the former retail director of the failed UK arm of electricals giant Best Buy to the same role at the upmarket northern grocer.

Paul Minett, who joins from Saudi Arabian Panda United Company where he was director of hypermarkets, replaces David Benson who retired in March.

He will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the retailer’s 29 stores across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Cumbria.

Minett was retail director of Best Buy for two years until 2011, when the US retailer exited the market after it failed to make the impact it had expected. Minett spent 20 years working up the ranks at Asda before joining Sainsbury’s as regional operations manager in 2004.

Booths chief operating officer Chris Dee said: “We’re pleased to welcome Paul to Booths and we are confident that he has the skills, experience, dedication and drive to improve and refine our store offering and take the business to another level.” 

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