Hays Travel To Buy 555 Thomas Cook Stores
Hays Travel has announced it will buy more than 500 stores from recently collapsed Thomas Cook.
The independent travel agent has said it will buy 555 stores and has already recruited 421 members of former Thomas Cook staff.
John and Irene Hays, managing director and group chair of Hays Travel, said: "Thomas Cook was a much-loved brand employing talented people. We look forward to working with many of them."
David Chapman, the official receiver of Thomas Cook, told Sky News: "I am pleased to announce we have reached an agreement with Hays Travel to acquire Thomas Cook's entire UK retail estate, comprising 555 stores across the country.
"This represents an important step in the liquidation process, as we seek to realise the company's assets."
Around 9,000 UK workers lost their jobs when the travel firm collapsed at the end of last month.
Since then a number of airlines have announced vacancies for former Thomas Cook workers.
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Virgina Atlantic said it had some openings, 'to support any Thomas Cook Cabin Crew after the sad announcement that the company has ceased operations'.
The ad continued: "This opening is for current Thomas Cook Cabin Crew or Thomas Cook employees with previous flying experience only."
Some airports even held job fairs, with hundreds of former Thomas Cook staff turning up to Manchester Airport last week for a recruitment event.
Employers including Next, Tui and the NHS were all at the event - former Thomas Cook staff could also receive information on their next steps after the business folded, and find out about benefits they may be entitled to.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport told the Manchester Evening News: "The whole of the Manchester Airport community was shocked and saddened by the news of Thomas Cook's collapse.
"That is why we are determined to come together as an airport community, and to work with our partners in the city and wider region, to do all we can to help those who have sadly lost their jobs.
"There are so many talented and experienced people who have found themselves in this predicament through no fault of their own, so we hope this event will provide some help and support to them at this challenging time."
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