We have three cash and carry depots supplying independent retail with world-renowned brands in supplying a wide range of businesses including hotels, shops, restaurants, clubs, pubs and BB’s with a large range of different food and catering products.
We cover almost any of our customers requirements with grocery and dry goods, wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, cigarettes, cleaning products and toiletries.
United Wholesale (Scotland) LTD – Maxwell Road depot
Our Southside of Glasgow Maxwell Road depot is located within the heart of the community and is open 7 days a week.
We pride ourselves on offering our customers the best all-round service, lowest prices, a complete range of products and services – The customer is our No.1 priority.
164-166 Maxwell Road
Tel: 0141 429 0909
Fax: 0141 420 1225
Mon: 5am – 9pm
Tue: 5am – 9pm
Wed: 5am – 9pm
Thu: 5am – 9pm
Fri: 5am – 9pm
Sat: 5am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 7pm
United Wholesale (Scotland) LTD – Queenslie depot
Our Queenslie depot is situated just off the M8 motorway at Glasgow Fort (Jct 10) making us extremely easy to get to.
Queenslie has the capability to offer a complete one-stop shop for traders – impulse, household, fresh/frozen & licensed drinks all under one roof.
110 Easter Queenslie Road
Tel: 0141 781 6600
Fax: 0141 773 1620
Mon: 6am – 5.30pm
Tue: 6am – 5.30pm
Wed: 6am – 5.30pm
Thu: 6am – 8pm
Fri: 6am – 5.30pm
Sat: 6am – 5.30pm
United Wholesale (Scotland) LTD – M9 depot
Our M9 depot currently operates from a new purpose built 30,000 sq. ft. building on Laurieston Road, just off the M9 motorway and between Grangemouth and Falkirk.
Supplying the independent trade from Stirlingshire to Fife and the Lothians areas with a vast range of grocery products, soft drinks, confectionery, household and toiletries, alcohol and tobacco.
Tel: 01324 482 300
Fax: 01324 665 009
Mon: 7am – 5pm
Tue: 7am – 5pm
Wed: 7am – 5pm
Thu: 7am – 8pm
Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat: 7am – 5pm
Buyer’s Office Staff
Prathap R Maryada
Head Office Staff
Accounts Department Manager
Maxwell Road Staff
Retail Department Staff
Symbol Group Controller
Haji Abdullah arrives in Scotland. Shadows his brother and starts selling ladies and gents clothes in Elgin.
He gained the knowledge to start his own door to door business in Glasgow. Haji Abdullah could nor read or write in English.
Brothers Mohammad Sarwar and Mohammad Ramzan arrived in Scotland. After shadowing their father for 2 weeks, take over the family business.
They further expanded the business by traveling outwith Glasgow, covering Greenock, Paisley, Balloch, Dunoon & Rosyth by foot & public transport carrying stock in a 50 inch suitcase.
After saving up enough money working continuously, the brother’s opened their first grocery store in Maryhill, 925 Bisland drive, which ran parallel to the door to door business.
With the retail business booming, they opened a second store just over a mile away. It was at this point they gave up the initial family business to focus on the two retail stores.Within six months of the second store opening, the regular dairy supplier went bust. Seeing an oppertunity, the brothers quickly reacted, and began a delivered wholesale operation of dairy products from the back of his stores.
Sarwar and Ramzan purchased a 2000 sq ft premises to keep up with demand. After putting both retail stores on rent, in order to completely focus on the thriving wholesale business. United Wholesale was born.
Three years later, the brothers purchased a 10,000 sq ft warehouse from Barries Bottles in Pollokshields, Glasgow, and further added soft drinks, household, toiletries, pet-foods and grocery.
Mohammad Sarwar stood as a Labour councillor for Pollokshields East and in the Glasgow City Council election, almost overturning a large Conservative majority.
Being a £24m business, Sarwar and Ramzan became serious players in the Glasgow market. They opened a second branch in Springburn. With 120,000 sq ft of space, they were able to increase this range by introducing beers, wines and spirits.
On the 1st of May, Sarwar was elected as MP for Glasgow Govan in the General Election, becoming the first Muslim MP in Britain and the first Asian MP elected to represent a Scottish constituency. He was also the first MP to swear the Oath of Allegiance on the Quran.
The brothers at this point decided to split the business.As a prominent politician, Sarwar took a back-seat and allowed his sons Athif and Asim to take their business forward – With Athif becoming the MD.
Athif and Asim then purchased the 22,000 square foot Maxwell Road depot, (forming United Wholesale (Scotland) LTD) and quickly opened in the south-side of Glasgow.Glaswegians loved what they were offering and demanded more.
They opened West Street – Scotland’s No1 for Licensed Goods. Introduced Wholesale distribution and delivery service.
April 1st – Day-Today launch: Their own symbol group – 30 stores launched in one day.
Queenslie the 170,000 square foot depot was opened. Which has Bonded Warehouse Approval granted. Online Ordering was also introduced.
Athif passed the mantle to his younger brother Asim, who took over as Managing Director.
Athif moved on from United to focus on expanding the Sarwar family’s business portfolio and provided him with time to focus on personal projects.
With Asim at the helm for 3 years now, Day-Today Express and Day-Today Elite were launched.
United started exporting products Worldwide.
Asim Sarwar was elected president of Scottish Wholesale Association.United Wholesale was listed as Top Track 250 company.
July – Maxwell Road was expanded to 40,000 square foot depot, allowing customers to have a One-Stop Shopping experience.The USave fascia was launched.
Acquisition of M9 Cash and Carry.
Relaunch of M9 as United M9 depot.
Complete Revamp of company website.
Anti-Fraud InformationFood product and ingredient suppliers in EU countries have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from a UK wholesaler interested in ordering a large volume of stock. In most cases there is no previous relationship between the supplier and the wholesaler and no existing account. On occassion the name of an existing account holder will be used, claiming that the order is urgent and there is no time to follow usual ordering procedures.
The contact usually comes via a mobile phone or email. If by email, the address may be similar to the wholesaler’s real domain. The contact name, delivery address and billing address given may be genuine. The supplier may be advised to run a credit check on the company, or take out credit insurance. In some cases, a false website has been created with a similar domain name. This site will contain false contact details.
The goods are shipped by the supplier or its agent to the UK. In some cases the delivery address given will have no connection to the genuine wholesaler. In others, the vehicle driver will be informed that the delivery address has been changed, and the stock is diverted into the hands of the criminals. A fake delivery note will be issued.
The wholesaler only becomes aware of the crime when it receives a demand for payment from the supplier. Without the correct proof of order or delivery, the wholesaler cannot be liable for the loss of the goods.
What should you do?
Suppliers should carry out checks to ensure their customers are genuine:
- Take a contact name, land line phone number and web site address
- Confirm wholesaler’s contact details are the same as are published in the Wholesale News Retail Review (available at www.wholesalenews.co.uk)
- Check email address against customer company’s genuine addresses
- Check company website for genuine delivery address
- If in doubt, call the contact phone number for the company to check the name on the purchase order exists at the customer company. If so, check they have made the order.
- Treat last minute changes of delivery address with suspicion. Double check changes with the wholesaler.
- Beware of urgent or casual orders from existing customers. Insist they follow usual purchasing procedures.
- Educate vehicle crews to deliver only to the specified destination, and report any attempt to change the delivery destination before off-loading the goods.
- Always make orders through established channels, including issuing a purchase order.
- Not change the delivery destination once the goods are in transit.
- Report any unexpected deliveries at their premises to the supplier, including details of vehicle and delivery documents.
- Report any unexpected deliveries or invoices to Action Fraud tel: 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk.