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.