The Unwins name is set to disappear completely from British high streets, following the sale of the last Unwins store by property agent Christie & Co.
The company has been supervising the disposal
of most of the remaining Unwins estate, totalling 141 stores, after the off-licence chain went into administration in December.
The last store, in Chiswick, west London, has been bought by independent c-store chain Vetry's. Including three Unwins stores the company owns ten outlets, with two more
in the pipeline.
It is currently supplied by Nisa-Today's but is setting up its own distribution system and owns a
5,000 sq ft warehouse.
It aims to develop a symbol group business covering 50 stores and to secure 50 company-owned stores by 2010.
A handful of Unwins sites reverted to being managed by independent landlords, but most of these have already been sold or rented out to other retailers.