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WH Smith


WH Smith is seeking a suitable site in Swindon for the relocation of its head office and 450 staff from Greenbridge Road.
04-Jan-2016


WH Smith is looking to recruit up to 100 independent stores to adopt a new WH Smith Local format over the next year.
20-Apr-2015


WH Smith is planning to develop a new chain of Cardmarket greetings card stores.
20-Oct-2014


WH Smith is planning to open a further 16 post offices in its stores, having renewed a contract to operate 82 post offices for five more years.
14-Oct-2013


WH Smith is to trial a new store format called Zoodle at Manchester Airport, in order to focus on products for children.
29-Oct-2012


WH Smith is to open a further 17 travel stores at airports, railway stations and service stations by the end of the year.
23-Apr-2012


WH Smith is planning to open a further 35 travel stores in the UK this year, as well as 25 in other countries.
30-Jan-2012


WH Smith is to trial three Funky Pigeon greetings cards stores at railways stations in London this year.
21-Apr-2011


WH Smith is planning to expand its overseas stores to 40 by opening 12 outlets in India and Kuwait this year.
18-Apr-2011


WH Smith is to start offering legal services in its stores this year, in partnership with the QualitySolicitors nationwide network of more than 150 offices.
11-Apr-2011


WH Smith has bought 22 stores from the administrators of British Bookshops & Stationers for £1m.
08-Feb-2011


WH Smith is planning to open a further 50 stores in hospitals, 40 stores in workplaces and 12 stores in airports over the next five years.
28-Oct-2010


WH Smith has acquired Gadget Shop, the online supplier of gadgets and gifts, from The Entertainer.
09-Sep-2010


WH Smith is planning to open a further ten stores in hospitals over the next year, and its three workplace stores could expand to more than 100 eventually.
19-Oct-2009


WH Smith is to set up a 212,000 sq ft warehouse at Witton in Birmingham.
31-Aug-2009


WH Smith is planning to expand its chain of 807 stationery stores with ten high street outlets and 32 travel shops by August.
02-Feb-2009


WH Smith is considering plans to expand its chain of 80 hospital-based stationery outlets to a further 50 sites over the next five years.
13-Oct-2008


WH Smith has acquired the United News chain of 80 hospital newsagents and coffee shops for £19m, and has also announced plans to open 29 stores at RoadChef motorway service areas.
20-Mar-2008


WH Smith is planning to open 50 stores in motorway service stations, in partnership with Moto Hospitality and Swayfield Group.
27-Nov-2006


WH Smith is to sell its Hodder Headline publishing business to Hachette Livre of France for £210m, in order to focus on retail and news distribution.
03-Aug-2004


WH Smith has sold its ASPAC Retail operations in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to Pacific Equity Partners.
26-Apr-2004


WH Smith is to sell its chain of 180 airport stores in the US to Hudson Group for £41m, while its 280 US hotel stores are being sold to management for £8m.
19-Sep-2003


WH Smith is considering plans to set up workplace stores selling newspapers, books and snacks in corporate head offices, having opened a trial outlet at the Axa office in Bristol.
23-Sep-2002


WH Smith has sold its Helicon online reference publishing business to RM for £0.7m.
14-Feb-2002


WH Smith has announced plans to open 120 new stores across the country over the next three years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs, including its first move into Northern Ireland.
06-Dec-2001


WH Smith is planning to open an unspecified number of temporary stores this Christmas, and is seeking suitable locations.
10-Sep-2001


WH Smith is to sell its distribution business to former managers backed by ABN Amro Private Equity for £215m.
06-Jul-2001


WH Smith has acquired Blue Star Consumer Retailing, the operator of 184 book shops in Australia and New Zealand, for £38m.
18-Jun-2001


WH Smith is planning to open 100 new shops over the next three years, to add to the existing 770.
11-Jun-2001


WH Smith is planning to open a chain of up to 30 stores in continental Europe over the next three years, depending on the success of a trial outlet in Barcelona.
09-Apr-2001


WH Smith is planning to open its first factory outlet store at Cheshire Oaks later this year, and is also looking to open 100 high street and 50 edge-of-town stores.
12-Mar-2001


WH Smith is acquiring The Benjamin Company, the seller of books and gifts at nine US airports, for £12m.
18-Apr-2000


WH Smith Online is setting up a new distribution centre in Cowley, Oxford, to deliver goods ordered through the internet, with the creation of up to 180 jobs.
17-Apr-2000


WH Smith has acquired Hazelwood Enterprises, the US company that operates stores in 70 hotels, for about £12m.
01-Feb-2000


WH Smith is to acquire Wayland, the publisher of books for school libraries, through its Hodder Headline subsidiary.
01-Sep-1999


WH Smith is to acquire Hodder Headline, the book publisher, for £185m, as part of a strategy to sell more books through own-label and proprietary brands.
25-May-1999


WH Smith is acquiring the Internet Bookshop, which claims to be Europe's largest internet bookshop, for £8.8m.
09-Jun-1998


WH Smith has confirmed that it is planning to buy the John Menzies retail chain for £68m, which will result in some job losses and the rebranding of the Menzies stores in England and Wales.
10-Mar-1998


EMI and Advent International of the US are to buy the Waterstone's chain of book stores from WH Smith for £300m, through a joint venture called HMV Media that will also acquire the 271 HMV music stores and the Dillons chain of book stores from EMI for £500m.
26-Feb-1998


WH Smith has sold Paperchase, the chain of 12 stationery stores, to management for £1m.
14-Jun-1996


Boots is to acquire WH Smith's share in their joint Do It All chain of DIY stores.
10-Jun-1996


WH Smith has sold its Niceday stationery supply business to Guilbert of France for £142m.
19-Apr-1996