THE Booker cash and carry chain looks set to snap up struggling rival Makro, in a deal expected to add more than a million customers to its books.
If shareholders vote in favour of the deal, Makro’s 30 stores – including its Whiteley outlet – will turn into Bookers.
Makro UK, which has been valued at £139.7m, started life in 1971 in Eccles in Manchester and has 1.1 million customers.
It generated sales of about £800m in 2011 but made a loss of £63.2m.
Makro’s German parent Metro - the world’s fourth biggest retailer - will get almost 10 per cent of Booker, valued at about £123.9m, under the deal.
Booker is run by former M7S director Charles Wilson.