Majestic identifies 125 locations for UK store expansion

Majestic has made a wishlist of 125 cities, towns and villages for its nationwide store expansion.

Earlier this year, the wine seller revealed plans to open one new store per month over the coming years.

The company says it has headroom to open as many as 50 new stores.

The retailer, which currently has 208 stores, said it has identified 30 locations in Central London where it could open smaller format sites, following the success of its ‘mini Majestic’ concept in Harpenden, Crouch End and Marlow, which all opened in its previous financial year.

The company has also earmarked a further 14 areas inside the M25, alongside 13 locations in the Midlands, seven in the North of England and Scotland, and three in Wales.

Majestic is also considering opening its debut store in Guernsey. The company opened its first-ever Channel Islands store earlier this year.

The move comes as the business places a new focus on experiential retail and hospitality offerings after selling Naked Wines in December 2019. The company has opened 17 new stores since then and refurbished dozens more.

In April, it bought Vagabond Wines out of administration, saving nine of its wine bars from closure and securing 171 jobs.

“Experiential, brick-and-mortar retailing is at the heart of what we do at Majestic, and we are committed to opening up to one new store per month during the coming years to help us reach even more customers across the UK," said Majestic chief executive John Colley. “In addition to the new stores already in our pipeline for this year, we have identified more than 100 locations across the UK and the Channel Islands that we believe would be a perfect fit for Majestic."

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