Wickham Vineyard buys 14 First Quench stores
Hampshire based Wickham Vineyard has stepped in to save 14 off-licences from closure following the collapse of the First Quench group. They have purchased 13 stores in Hampshire and 1 in Dorset saving 64 jobs and bringing their own workforce to 94. The move is the vineyard's first expansion into retail beyond their vineyard shop and will provide distribution for their own wines.
Vineyard manager Wilhelm Mead said key decisions such as whether to rebrand and what to call the shops had yet to be made and will be looked at after Christmas.