is a brand and buying group (or ‘symbol group
’) of independent retailers (primarily small grocery shops) and wholesalers in the United Kingdom
. It is a mutual organisation
owned by its members and operating “..like a co-operative
, using the collective buying power of the large group of members to negotiate deals with suppliers” (BBC).
Its headquarters and ambient distribution depot are located in Scunthorpe
. It also has distribution depots for temperature controlled products at Stoke and Harlow in Essex.
As of 2008, NISA-Today's owner members include 300 wholesalers, and 674 retailers. Members own and operate over 5000 convenience stores and small supermarkets, including the Costcutter symbol group.