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Hilco Capital to buy Staples’ UK retail business

Staff Writer |
Staples and Hilco Capital Limited have reached an agreement for Staples to sell its UK retail business and operations to Hilco for nominal proceeds.

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In May, Staples announced plans to explore strategic alternatives for its European operations as part of its new strategy.

“Agreeing to sell our UK retail business to Hilco aligns with our go-forward strategy of focusing on our North American and mid-market business, and is a meaningful step in that process,” said Shira Goodman, chief executive officer and president, Staples.

The use of the Staples brand will be phased out by the UK retail business over the coming months.

Paul McGowan of Hilco Capital said, “We are pleased to have concluded a transaction with Staples, Inc. and look forward to working with the UK team. While retail in the UK has been challenged recently, a team led by retail veteran Alan Gaynor will work alongside the existing management team to build a plan for success for the business.”

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