A family-run Sunderland-based travel agent is about to become a major household name after it bought the entire retail network of the collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook.
Hays Travel acquired all 555 stores direct from the liquidators at 11.53pm on Tuesday evening. By Friday morning, it had already re-opened several, mainly in the northeast, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Wales.
In the coming days, Hays Travel has promised to re-open every one of the Thomas Cook stores and says it has all but promised jobs to the defunct firm’s 2,500 retail staff. More than 1,200 ex-Thomas Cook staff have already been recruited.
Within days it will start renaming and repainting Thomas Cook’s stores in the Hays…