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MFG takeover of MRH clears final regulatory hurdle

John Wood ·
MRH Hursts store

MFG’s acquisition of MRH has now cleared all its regulatory hurdles after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced it would accept undertakings by MFG to dispose of 38 sites.

Last month the CMA revealed the 38 sites MFG had offered to sell to avoid a detailed investigation into its takeover of MFG.

They were published in a notice from the CMA which detailed for the first time the undertakings MFG has offered to remedy its concerns.

The CMA revealed the local areas where it believed competition could be affected because of “overlaps” between MFG and MRH sites, and it listed the sites MFG is willing to sell (see table below).

MFG will be expected to either sell the freehold of the sites, or subject to the CMA’s approval and with further competition safeguards, it may lease them.

In its assessment of the undertakings by MFG, the CMA also revealed that MFG had provided evidence that there were several potential suitable purchasers for all the sites.

 

Area                                                                        Divestment Site(s)


MFG Ashford/MFG East Stour/MRH                     MFG Ashford

Beaver/MRH Hothfield


MFG Barnet/MFG New Barnet/MFG                    MFG Barnet and MRH Cockfosters

Potters Bar/MRH Whetstone/MRH

Cockfosters/MRH Southgate


MFG Bawbee/MRH Leven                                    MFG Bawbee


MFG Bear Cross/MFG Hamworthy/MFG            MFG Bear Cross and MRH Longfleet

Bournmouth Road/MRH Wallisdown/MRH

Oakdale/MRH East Howe/MRH Longfleet


MFG Beaumont/MRH Kings Norton                    MFG Beaumont


MFH Brighton Road/MRH Whitgift/MRH          MFG Brighton Road

Hayling Down


MFG Calne/MRH Pippin                                      MFG Calne


MFG Canvey Island/MFG Kents Hill/MRH        MFG Canvey Island and MRH Manor

Canvey Island/MRH Long Road/

MRH Manor


MFG Carlton Square/MFG                                  MRH East Lane and MFG Sportsman

Sportsman/MRH East Lane/MRH

Pierrepoint


MFG Fairfield/MRH Newbridge                        MFG Fairfield


MFG Finsbury Park/MFG Stamford                  MFG Finsbury Park and MRH Stamford Hill

Hill/MFG Ambassador/MRH Hornsey

Road/MRH Hornsey Rise/MRH Stamford

Hill


MFG Hanwell/MRH Studley Grange/MRH        MFG Hanwell

Southall


MFG Hastings/MFG Bexhill/MRH Glyne           MFG Bexhill and MFG Hastings

Gap/MRH Sidley


MFG Kenilworth/MRH Warwick Road                MRH Warwick Road


MFG Killay/MRH Dunvant                                  MFG Killay


MFG Lymm/ MRH Cheshireways                       MRH Cheshireways


MFG Mid-Cornwall/MRH Cornish                     MFG Mid-Cornwall

Gateway


MFG New John Street/MRH Key Hill                MRH Key Hill


MFG Northwick/MFG St Stephens/MRH             MRH Castle and MRH Blackpole

Castle/MRH Blackpole


MFG Pwllmeyric/MFG Almondsbury/MRH      MFG Pwllmeyric

Chepstow/MRH Patchway


MFG Riviera/MRH Riviera                                 MRH Riviera


MFG Sparkford/MFG Fosse Way                        MFG Sparkford

Garage/MRH Hazelgrove/MRH

Podimore/MRH Lydford


MFG Styal Road/MRH Civic Centre                  MFG Styal Road


MFG Swallow/MRH Felling/MRH                   MRH Felling and MRH Gateshead

Gateshead


MRH Runnymede/MFG Egham                          MFG Egham


MFG Walton House/MFG Parkhurst/MRH         MFG Walton House and MRH Moleside

Moleside/MRH Palace/MRH Shepperton


MFG Thamesmead/MRH Lakedale                       MRH Lakedale


MFG Grays/MRH Chafford/MRH                        MFG Grays

Daneholes


MFG Romford/MRH                                             MFG Romford

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North West129.89131.08120.36
Northern Ireland128.4464.90126.23119.33
Scotland130.47133.90120.76
South East131.14134.22122.06
South West130.59131.37121.41
Wales129.62127.41119.99
West Midlands130.2569.90135.09120.96
Yorkshire & Humber129.66133.59120.01

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