Anglia Co-op buys six Cook stores

Anglia Co-op buys six Cook stores

Anglia Co-operative Travel has bought six shops from Thomas Cook in the Midlands, securing the jobs of 22 staff.

The society, which joined the Freedom consortium last December, has increased its travel chain from 15 to 21 branches with the acquisition.

The shops are based in Midlands Co-operative foodstores and already branded The Co-operative Travel, which became part of Thomas Cook Group following the joint venture in 2011. Staff will transfer across to the new owners.

It is the first acquisition of Thomas Cook shops to be finalised since the group announced in March it was closing 195 stores, with the loss of 2,500 jobs.

The locations of the branches acquired by Anglia are: High Street, Erdington; Walsall Road, Great Barr; Alexandra Road, Corby; London Road, Alvaston; Dog and Gun Lane, Whetstone; and Brook Street, Raunds.

Specialist retail group manager Paul Dale said: “As a group each of the teams brings a wealth of destination knowledge and years of experience to our business.”

Earlier this year, Anglia Co‑operative bought three shops in the east of England from Thomas Cook.

Dale added: “We are now potentially East Anglia’s largest independent travel group.”

Freedom head Alison Holmes said the acquisition brought the consortium’s membership to more than 160, as each shop is counted as a separate member.

She said: “We are delighted to support Anglia Co‑operative Travel with its expansion plans.”

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