John Smith buys four Blackwell's stores

<p>Academic retailer Blackwell's has sold four campus shops to rival bookseller John Smith&amp;Son. Two outlets at the University of Sunderland and two at the University of East London will be owned by Glasgow-based John Smith from 3rd September. The shops will continue to trade as normal and all staff will be retained. Michael Neil, Blackwell's marketing director, said the disposal was made because the chain's strategy was to concentrate on larger universities. </p><p> Willie Anderson, John Smith managing director, said the acquisition indicated "the determination we have to extend the qua...

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