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Midcountries Co-op snaps up Solihull and Acocks Green Co op travel shops

The Midcounties Co-op Travel has bought seven shops from the Thomas Cook Co-operative Travel joint venture, including the ones in Acocks Green and Solihull high street.

The Midcounties Co-op Travel has bought seven shops from the Thomas Cook Co-operative Travel joint venture, including the ones in Acocks Green and Solihull high street.

The 26 people based in the seven branches will also move to Midcounties as part of the deal.

The branches at Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Coventry, Acocks Green and Kingstanding in Birmingham and Beeston in Nottinghamshire closed on May 4 and re-opened under their new ownership.

They will all be rebranded as Co-operative Travel and join Midcounties’ growing network as it continues on the acquisitions trail in its aim to become one of the best independent travel retailers in the country.

Spokeswoman Sue Reid said: “We see a real opportunity to expand our High Street presence in areas which fit our strategy for growth. The seven branches will not only allow us to widen our geographical spread in the Midlands but also to welcome experienced colleagues who will be assets to our business.”

The shops were being closed following a network review after the merger of Thomas Cook, Co-operative Group and Midlands Co-operative.

Midcounties is keen to build up its network of branches and is looking to extend its trading territory. It is investigating potential targets which fit its business plan.

 

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