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The Midcounties Co-op Travel has purchased eight branches in the South West of England to bring its total estate to a milestone 50 branches.

The acquisition of the Travel Angels sites in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset will build on its links with Bristol Airport and is part of a strategic expansion programme to identify key independent businesses.

The branches at Frome, Shaftesbury, Melksham, Street, Warminster, Swindon, Gillingham and Chard will continue to trade under their existing name. The jobs of all 35 people based there have been secured.

Managing Director Peter Grayson and Director David Logan founded the business in 1993 and it has built up a loyal customer base. Following the sale, for an undisclosed sum, Peter is to remain as a consultant to integrate the business into Midcounties.

Alistair Rowland, Group General Manager Travel Services at Midcounties, said: “We are delighted to acquire these branches for our...

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