Wine merchant James Nicholson toasts new acquisition
Northern Ireland's best known wine merchant, James Nicholson, has acquired an independent retailer in London.
Mr Nicholson's firm JN Wine has bought family-run Highbury Vintners for an undisclosed sum in a privately funded deal.
The Crossgar-based business said it would invest considerably in the London business, which was founded by John Sweeney and is now run by his son Sean and his wife Gillian.
It has been trading in the exclusive London borough for nearly four decades.
Mr Nicholson, the managing director and founder of JN Wine, said: "This is a strategic acquisition for JN Wine and one that has seen us work very closely over the last number of months with Sean and Gillian Sweeney behind the successful Highbury Vintners.
"There is a very strong team in place, and I personally look forward to welcoming each and every one of them to the JN Wine family.
"Alongside introducing new and interesting wines from the JN Wine portfolio, we have ambitious plans for growth that includes a refurbishment of the 1,500 sq ft retail outlet and increased investment in its digital presence in 2020," he added.
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"The Highbury Vintners name and brand will be reinforced, ensuring its legacy continues."