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Clintons acquired by Cardzone group

‘We’re now the only national specialist chain selling quality cards’ says ceo Paul Taylor

 

Clintons was this afternoon, 4 March, acquired by Pillarbox Designs, the parent company of Cardzone.

The deal sees Clintons’ 163 trading stores join with Cardzone’s 180 stores to form what Paul Taylor, founder of the family business, is proud to describe as “now the only national specialist chain selling quality cards”.

Above: Clintons new ceo Paul Taylor (left) with sone and Cardzone trading director James
Above: Clintons new ceo Paul Taylor (left) with son and Cardzone trading director James

Clintons has been owned by the Weiss family, founders of UK Greetings’ parent company American Greetings, since 2012.

Pillarbox’s acquisition of the retail chain comes after several attempts over the years to buy it, with the two parties getting really close to sealing a deal just before Covid.

“We met again last September and have been to-ing and fro-ing ever since then but, yes, it’s a relief to get it over the line this time,” added Cardzone’s trading director James Taylor.

Above: Cardzone has added Clintons to its portfolio of retail brands
Above: Cardzone has added Clintons to its portfolio of retail brands

Paul confirmed the plan is to retain the Clintons brand: “Absolutely. The name is still synonymous with quality greeting card retailing,” and he added it is highly likely some Cardzone stores will be converted to Clintons’ branding in time.

“There will be some changes, but we are very excited to be growing our family business with Clintons joining our portfolio,” added Paul, who has also assumed the role as ceo of Clintons with Eddie Shepard, its former ceo, having now left the business.

The Cardzone group already trades under several brands, including Mooch for its more gift-based retail concept, and it also forged a joint venture with Postmark’s co-owners Mark and Leona Janson-Smith in 2021 for future stores.

Above: The Clintons name will remain on the UK High Street
Above: The Clintons name will remain on the UK High Street
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