A number of Countrywide offices are to close.
We understand from sources that the overall number could be as high as 200.
Last night EYE asked Countrywide about this and a spokesperson categorically denied the figure, saying it was “way off”. However, we were not told what the numbers are.
We also asked whether or not it is correct that Gascoigne Pees, which operates in Greater London and the south-east, is to be rebranded to Hamptons.
Yesterday Graham Bell, managing director London, at Countrywide, confirmed to EYE limited changes in the capital, but we were given no other information across the rest of the network of the UK’s largest agent.
Bell said: “Our customers are at the heart of our Building our Future strategy.
“As part of this strategy, we regularly review our operating model to identify ways for our people to deliver a better service and drive long-term value by aligning our portfolio to growth.
“Within London, we are making some organisational changes across a small number of branches which will involve strategic branch consolidations, rebrands and closures. These changes enable us to have the right brand in the right location to service customers across all price points.
“Our aim is to create bigger, better and busier branches that are open for longer with a wider range of services for our customers, and an improved working environment for our people.”
Countrywide is due to make an interim announcement to the City next Thursday, July 28, meaning that it is now in a closed period before updating shareholders.