An almost-new branch of Countrywide brand Greene & Co has shut its doors.
The flagship Greene & Co office, in Kentish Town, opened with considerable fanfare just under two years ago in January 2015, with a number of launch events including a pop-up cinema.
Months later, in May, the whole Greene & Co business, founded in London some 30 years ago, was bought by Countrywide-owned Hamptons.
The price paid by Countrywide was said to be an “eye popping” amount, at the very top of the range.
The picture has now literally changed.
Taken a couple of days ago, te Kentish Town branch is now empty, but has “We have moved” messages on it. It appears the Kentish Town operation has been transferred to Belsize Park.
We asked Countrywide’s head office for information.
However, a spokesperson referred us to an earlier statement, saying it would not add to this because of ongoing consultation.
That statement earlier this month was: “Building on last week’s changes to our Retail and London businesses, on Friday, Dec 2, we updated colleagues on the next phase of change spanning Retail, Conveyancing and our support functions.
“These changes include streamlining our branch footprint and regional management structure and launching a consultation process at our Conveyancing centre in Bridgend and a consultation process involving some of our colleagues based in our Sales Support Centre in Cheadle.
“As always, we remain committed to working with colleagues to ensure that those who wish to be redeployed are supported in doing so.
“In parallel, and on the back of a successful pilot, we are now rolling out our online offer to the next wave of brands and branches as planned.
“We are moving at pace with these strategic choices and investments so that, even amidst a changing market, our business is primed for success in 2017.”
Last month, it was said that Greene & Co had opened two new offices, in north London and the City, boosting the brand to nine offices.
However, it then emerged that these were rebrands from Bairstow Eves offices in Willesden and Harringay, as confirmed by Countrywide.