UK travel firm Hays to buy stores from defunct Thomas Cook

October 09, 2019 03:56 pm | Updated 04:00 pm IST

As sign of a closed Thomas Cook counter is pictured at the Frankfurt Airport, Germany. File

As sign of a closed Thomas Cook counter is pictured at the Frankfurt Airport, Germany. File

LONDON British firm Hays Travel says it will buy all 555 U.K. stores operated by defunct tour company Thomas Cook, which collapsed last month.

David Chapman, the official receiver handling the winding up of Thomas Cook, said Wednesday that the deal “represents an important step in the liquidation process, as we seek to realize the company’s assets.”

The debt-laden, 178-year-old company collapsed last month, leaving hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded around the world and 21,000 employees, including 9,000 in the U.K., facing unemployment.

Some 150,000 British travelers were flown home at government expense in the biggest repatriation effort since World War II.

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