Hays Travel will reopen as many Thomas Cook stores as logistically possible “in their new Hays livery”, John and Irene Hays have confirmed.
In a message to new and prospective Hays employees following the independent agency chain’s acquisition on Wednesday (9 October) of all 555 Thomas Cook retail stores, the duo said Hays would “do their utmost to build on all that was good about the much-loved Thomas Cook brand”.
Hays has already recruited more than 400 former Cook employees, and stressed there will be ample opportunity for more ex-Cook staff to join Hays.
“We are delighted Hays Travel has been successful acquiring all of the Thomas Cook shops in the UK meaning we can now offer opportunities to more people,” said John and Irene.
“We have already recruited more than 400 talented former Thomas Cook employees and we are ready to welcome many more of the retail staff.
“This news means we can begin to reopen Thomas Cook stores, in their new Hays livery, from today [Wednesday 9 October]. We aim to open as many as we logistically can as soon as possible.”