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Revealed - list of Countrywide branches to close in the near future

Estate Agent Today has received a list of around 60 Countrywide Group estate agency offices expected to close in the next few weeks.

The list, published below, has been put to Countrywide for comment. The company says:

"Following consultation with colleagues, we have made the decision to close 59 branches within the retail arm of our business. This is part of our ongoing ‘Building our Future’ strategy, focused on having the right people in the right places to meet our customers’ needs. This programme to rationalise our portfolio of branches will move us to stronger positions in these markets while providing a platform for sustainable and organic growth during the rest of 2016 and beyond. Over the coming weeks we will be entering into discussions with affected colleagues and are committed to working responsibly to avoid redundancies where possible. It is our intention to make these changes smoothly, with minimal disruption to our customers.”

This list of closures follows around a year of speculation about the future of some brands and offices. 

Back in October 2015 the group’s chief executive Alison Platt told investors that the organisation would always remain a “house of brands” but would move to “fewer, stronger brands” in the future. Platt said that rebranding was “not about changing names” which she described as “a very expensive waste of time.”

More recently - just this week - it was announced that in London the John D Wood & Co brand would effectively be taking over Faron Sutaria which had been a distinct brand in London’s sales and lettings market for 40 years. 

In addition, a string of other London and Home Counties brands - Alan de Maid, Hetheringtons, Vanet, Fitz-Gibbon, APW Lettings and CHK Mountford - were to be relabelled as being “part of John D Wood & Co.” 

The leaked information about closures passed to Estate Agent Today and published below goes much, much further in terms of the number of offices and geography. 

Offices across England, Scotland and Wales will be affected, with substantial losses particularly in the Midlands and southern England.

Here is the list in full, as passed to Estate Agent Today and seen by Countrywide: the list contains around 61 offices and Countrywide says there are 59 to close.

It has declined to say which on the list are not affected by the closure programme. 

The branches are categorised into Countrywide’s in-house regions:

South Coast:

Palmer Snell in Lyme Regis.

Yorkshire:

Bridgfords in Bingley, and Ripon.

Manchester and Lancashire:

Bridgfords in Hale, and Bramhall.

South Central:

Mann in Bitterne, Cosham, Godalming, Haslemere and Hythe;

Gascoigne-Pees in Grayshott;

Watson Bull & Porter in Shanklin.

South East:

Geering & Collyer in Canterbury and Folkestone;

King & Chasemore in Eastbourne, Lancing and Littlehampton;

Freeman Forman in Mayfield.

Midlands North:

Ian Peat in Bingham;

Bairstow Eves in Derby;

R A Bennett in Solihull;

Dixons in Tamworth.

South West:

Stratton Creber in Mawnan Smith;

Fulfords in Shaldon, Topsham and Torquay.

Wales and West:

Entwistle Green in Crewe, Frodsham and Prenton;

Beresford Adams in Denbigh and Flint.

Midlands East:

Abbotts in Billericay, Clacton, Dedham, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Leigh-on-Sea, Sudbury, Wickford and Witham;

Bairstow Eves in Halstead, Ipswich, Leigh-On-Sea and Tiptree.

Midlands Central:

Taylors in Kettering and Olney;

Wilson peacock in Newport Pagnell.

Scotland and NE:

Countrywide in Ayr.

Midlands West:

R A Bennett in Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Stow-On-The-Wold, Thornbury, Wootton-Under-Edge and Yate;

Taylors in Churchdown, Evesham, Portishead, Shirehampton, Swindon West and Warndon.

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    'The Leaked Information' wonder who leaked it, CW by any chance, or some mole within CW

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    Not surprised. One of the closing offices is in a neighbouring Town to where I am and has struggled for years. Feel sorry for the staff. Hope they all get fixed up with new positions.

  • Coastal Agent

    Why are there more offices on the list than are supposed to be closing? If there are 59 branches as the article says, why are there 61 locations? Surely someone checks this before publishing it?

  • Terence Dicks

    I expect the shareholders are getting just a little bit twitchy....

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    this won't be the end of it i'm sure. expect more closures in the new year of 2017, glad i don't hold any shares

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    Having worked for one of the brands that was bought, this was a long time coming.
    Countrywide bought a bunch of businesses all at the same time, most of which were terrible and had little market share... was rather strange.

  • Doug Guerrier

    The St. Albans office of Taylors has been closed approx 2 months for a much needed refurbishment, I wonder if the delays relate to a consideration to close. I am sorry to say the branch has not done particularly well in quite some years( based upon market share)

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    Interesting reading for sure. As an Ex Countrywide Branch Manager, they seem to have lost the plot. I maintain my stance that property is our product, but this industry is about people, dismiss that and you lose your base of sellers, landlords and demoralize staff. Lack of Customer Service, Client retention, referral from exceeding client expectations has not served them well. So good luck to the ex CW who have decided to jump ship. As for JDW brand...living in the past.

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