Morrisons’ Haycox to head QD Group store operations

Former Morrisons’ Operations Controller, David Haycox has joined value retailer QD Stores Group as Operations Director spearheading further management changes at the expanding 48-store Eastern Counties chain.

Haycox’s 30 year retail career spans trainee to regional management at Safeway plc resulting in 2000 with his undertaking key role in managing the retailer’s corporate stock control and loss prevention needs.

He joined Wm. Morrison plc in 2004 as Area Manager for the East of England.

At QD, he takes responsibility for store operations and development at the 48 sites operated by Norwich-based QD across its QD Stores, Cherry Lane Garden Centres, Thingmebob and Lathams store brands.

Commensurate with his appointment, QD has appointed James Collins and Karl Ottolangui as associate directors.

Former Head of Buying and with store management expertise, Collins now takes on the role of Associate Director – Trading at QD. He joined the company in 1997.

Also with store management and distribution experience, Ottolangui has been promoted from his role as Distribution Centre Manager to Associate Director – e-Commerce and Distribution, taking in a lead role in the development of QD’s new transactional site at

Commenting on the appointments, QD Commercial Holdings’ Group Chief Executive Nick Rubins said:

“QD aims to grow its share of the UK’s thriving value retail sector via an omnichannel approach combining the attributes and appeal of its high street and out-of-town sites with an online counterpart that can transcend the limitations of physical retailing.

“David, James and Karl bring the requisite blend of skills to expand both online and in-store availability via effective supply chain management driven by clear consumer demand for quality, value-for-money, which in turn forms the trading ethos of our company since we launched in 1985.”

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Issued June 12th 2014 on behalf of QD Stores Commercial Holdings Ltd by PMPR Business Communications Ltd



QD Commercial Holdings Ltd is an independently-owned parent company to a range of established value retailing brands provide unbeatable value and extensive choice to British consumers.

QD Stores is a chain of High Street value retail outlets extending from its geographical heartland in the East of England and Home Counties as far as Doncaster in the north and Wrexham in the west.

Focused on providing shoppers with maximum choice, value and convenience, QD offers its customers the very best in value retailing, with a winning formula for success based upon rapid turnover of quality product lines pitched at a competitively low price points.

With a range of around 40,000 product lines across 40 different departments, every item is carefully sourced to ensure that quality is never compromised despite an aggressive pricing policy. Outstanding value is achieved via special low price promotions, fast moving stock and meticulous daily price checks to remain keenly competitive.

QD stores offer market-leading product lines, the latest seasonal fashions and quality branded goods, all at significantly lower prices than available elsewhere. Consequently, everyday essentials are juxtaposed with higher end items, to make high street shopping both accessible and affordable.

Cherry Lane Garden Centres, located throughout Norfolk and Suffolk and in Yorkshire, represent a new direction for specialist horticultural and leisure retailing. As part of the QD Group, the garden centres are committed to offering unbeatable value across all product lines. Expert staff and buyers ensure that quality and stock throughout the year is consistently high. As well as a huge selection of plants, trees and shrubs, Cherry Lane Garden Centres stock extensive ranges of stylish garden furniture, quality gardening clothing and footwear, must-have gardening accessories, a wide selection of sheds and ornamental statues and gardenware. The specialist Cherry Lane Aquatic Centre at South View, Fritton near Great Yarmouth, stocks a large range of fish, as well as indoor and outdoor aquatic accessories. The latter can also be found at the Pulham Market branch of Cherry Lane near Diss.

Lathams of Potter Heigham is long-popular destination for both locals and visitors to the Norfolk Broads offering an ever-changing discounted product range.. It has established an enviable reputation, both in-store and on-line, for its expertise as a supplier of all types of fishing equipment, attracting river and sea anglers from a wide area. Lathams retail outlets can also be found within a number of QD stores and in the Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Fritton near Great Yarmouth.

Thingmebobs, an Eastern Counties chain of 10 discount stores, acquired by QD Group in January 2013 operates autonomously while sharing QD’s logistics support via its 200,000 sq ft facility at Snetterton.


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