After months of massive supply problems and near-empty shelves, Unwins finally shut its doors earlier this week.
The administrators have struck a deal to sell 200 of the 350 Unwins stores to Thresher Group and these will be re-opened shortly after Christmas.
The stores will trade under the various Thresher fascias and will add to the group’s portfolio of more than 1,800 shops branded Threshers, The Local and Wine Rack.
The deal will bring some festive cheer to the 1,400 Unwins workers made redundant.
KPMG joint administrator Myles Halley said: “This is a good outcome for all concerned. We appreciate it has been a very difficult and uncertain time for staff, particularly in the run up to Christmas. It is too early to say how many people could be offered new contracts to work for Thresher but it is hoped that approximately 1,200 jobs will be available.”
KPMG is actively seeking buyers for the remaining 150 properties