A spokeswoman for Tesco, which owns Dobbies, said the company was unable to give further details on his role because "we’re in a closed period and won’t be releasing expansion updates until the year’s end".
Dobbies added £200,000 to its pre-tax profits this year, to take its total to just shy of £10m. Total sales rose 8 per cent to £112m despite a choppy trading period over winter.
Dobbies recently opened stores in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Meanwhile a centre in Glasgow opened at the end of the financial year. Other recently opened stores are in Livingston, West Lothian, Ashford in Kent and Carlisle. The company has submitted planning applications for stores elsewhere.
Three years ago Tesco agreed an interest-free 10-year loan for up to £150m to help Dobbies expand.