Iceland snaps up 51 Woolworths stores
Frozen food grocer Iceland has bought 51 former Woolworths stores – and plans to create 2,500 new jobs.
According to the BBC, the announcement comes three days after the final 200 Woolworths stores closed their doors for the last time.
"We are confident we can help to support the local community in these towns who have lost a major High Street retailer in Woolworths," said Iceland.
Iceland and investment group Bagur made an offer to buy all of Woolworths’ 815 stores last August, but Woolies rejected the bid.
Around three quarters of the 51 Woolies stores Iceland has bought are in the south of England, including 10 in London.
Iceland currently has 682 outlets.
The full list of stores are:
Alton, Barnsley, Belper, Bethnal Green, Bexhill On Sea, Bicester, Billericay, Blandford Forum, Bodmin, Boreham Wood, Bow, Braintree, Broadstairs, Devizes, Exmouth, Fraserburgh, Frome, Greenford, Hackney, Hailsham, Harold Hill, Haverhill, Herne Bay, Hexham, Highgate, Honiton, Kilburn High Road, Leyton, Malvern, Matlock, Mill Hill, Minehead, Monmouth, Morpeth, Morriston, Newtownards, Palmers Green, Pinner (Rayner’s Lane), Palmers Green, Plumstead, Pontypool, Poplar, Portslade, Ringwood, St Neots, Stoke Newington, Strood, Sudbury, Swaffham, Wakefield, Wallington, Whitstable