Six former Thomas Cook agents will be back in business on Saturday when they open a new Barrhead Travel branch.

The agency will open in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Shopping Centre on with an official launch event planned for February 3.

The Scottish-headquartered agency unveiled expansion plans last year following the Thomas Cook collapse and aims to open 100 new stores. The first 20 are set to be opened by the end of March.

Employees from Doncaster’s former Thomas Cook store have been trained at Barrhead Travel’s Training Academy in Glasgow.

Led by manager Clare Eckersall, the high street agency will offer a wide range of holiday styles including cruises, long-haul, tours, city breaks and honeymoons.

The team members have more than 100 years of travel experience and have collectively visited more than 50 countries.

They have been hosting pop-up events in the area ahead of the opening of their store.

Eckersall said: “Barrhead Travel has given us an amazing opportunity to be back in the heart of Doncaster serving our lovely community again. I am lucky to have a great team behind me who have a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel, added: “I am thrilled to welcome Clare and the team to the Barrhead Travel family.

“The opening of the store reflects our unwavering commitment to the high street travel agency; investment in bricks and mortar has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened our first store in 1975 and we will continue to place focus on the physical customer journey by combining experiential technology and genuine expertise from our local teams.

“We firmly believe that the demand for an experienced and knowledgeable travel agent is still on the rise as holidaymakers seek first-hand sound advice and guaranteed financial protection for their well-earned getaways.”

Pictured from left are: Claire, Clare (store manager), Lisa (at back), Karen, Callum and Melissa.

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