Four-branch estate agency Mullucks Wells has joined the Hunters franchised network but will retain its status as an independent business, it has been revealed.
Its branches in Bishop’s Stortford, Epping, Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden within Hertfordshire and Essex are to have their fascia’s rebranded and, like the Mullucks Wells website, will say they are ‘part of Hunters’. There are existing Hunters branches in Hertfordshire, but the company says they and the new additions will not be competing.
Mullucks Wells is embracing the’ franchised model but will continue to describe itself as an ‘independent estate agency’ and its four key directors – Richard Roberts, Jo Wilson, Daniel Galati and William Wells (pictured, above) – are to remain in charge of the co-branded operation.
Their business will be given access to the support services that Hunters franchisees usually get as part of their package, including an increased exposure for property instructions as part of a national network.
“Hunters is a great cultural fit for us and it represents an important part of our continued growth,” says Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Mullucks Wells.
“We identified Hunters as a business that not only shared our traditional values of local expertise with a strong emphasis on customer service, but also as one which excelled in the fields of training and technology, two areas that will be critical as the property industry continues to evolve.”
Mullucks Wells was established in 1991 with a single branch in Bishop’s Stortford and has 54 staff.
Glynis Frew (pictured, left), Chief Executive of Hunters, says: “Expansion within Essex and Hertfordshire is an important strategic move for us, and we’re delighted to have franchise partners of this calibre on board.”