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Thorntons


Thorntons, the Derbyshire-based chocolate company with 3,500 staff and 242 stores, has been acquired by Ferrero of Italy for £112m.
06-Jul-2015


Thorntons is to invest £6m in the refurbishment of 75 confectionery stores over the next three years, but also expects to close a further 60 of its 344 company-owned sites.
16-Feb-2012


Thorntons is looking to expand its chain of 376 confectionery stores and cafes to 400, and a new store design will be tested in ten outlets this summer.
03-Mar-2008


Thorntons is planning to open 30 confectionery stores over the next few years, taking the total to 400.
24-Jul-2006


Thorntons is seeking permission to build a new distribution centre at its chocolate factory in Somercotes, which could lead to the creation of 260 jobs over the next two years.
07-Aug-2003


Thorntons, the confectionery retailer, is looking to open up to 40 franchised outlets, but the number of company-owned stores is expected to remain at 390.
03-Mar-2003


Thorntons is planning to open three more Signature confectionery stores over the next few months, to add to the existing nine.
04-Mar-2002


Thorntons is to start selling hot drinks and pastries at nine pilot stores, and may extend the formula to all 400 outlets over the next three years.
19-Sep-2001


Thorntons is to resume the expansion of its chain of coffee shops, and will invest £8m opening about 25 outlets over the next few years.
07-Mar-2001


Thorntons, the chocolate retailer, is to slow down its expansion programme by opening just five new shops this year, and the introduction of in-store cafes has been put on hold.
27-Sep-2000


Thorntons is to accelerate its store opening programme, aiming to have 507 shops by 2001, and will create 820 jobs.
08-Oct-1997