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Majestic Wines sells stores for £95 million

Majestic Wine is to sell its High Street shops for £95 million as the company moves towards online business only.

The American private equity firm Fortress is buying the stores.

It says it has secured 1,000 jobs with a commitment to keep open the 200 outlets.

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Majestic had a turn-over of £300 million last year.

Recently, the company has concentrated on Naked Wines, its online division.

Majestic Chief Executive Rowan Gormley said: “I am delighted that we have managed to secure an independent future for both Naked and Majestic Retail and Commercial, allowing both companies to pursue growth by focusing on their unique propositions.”

A Fortress spokesman said: “Majestic has grown through periods of dramatic change; I know we have the recipe to do it again.

“We want to keep investing in our stores, in our people and our product – everything you can feel, touch and sip.

“After all, you cannot taste wine online.”

 

 

 

 

 

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