Coach hire acquisition latest in Alpine Travel expansion.
A COACH hire firm has been bought by Alpine Travel in the latest expansion by the company.
Abacab, based in Conwy, has been running for more than 30 years and has a fleet of luxury coaches, specialising in private coach hire.
Now Llandudno based Alpine Travel - run by Chris Owens - has taken over the business to facilitate the retirement of owners Chris and Denise Jones.
The Abacab staff and fleet will now be based from Alpine's Llandudno depot.
It is the latest investment by Alpine which bought Jones Holidays of Flint in 2017 and Silver Star Holidays of Caernarfon in 2014.
Chris Jones from Abacab said: "Having dedicated the vast proportion of our professional lives growing Abacab Coaches into one of the regions premier coach businesses, when the time came to retire, Denise and I believed that Chris and the team at Alpine would be the perfect people to continue with and maintain the excellent standards that our customers expect, whilst providing long term job security for our fantastic drivers."
The company has four drivers and five vehicles.
Chris Owens, managing director at Alpine Travel, said: "Abacab has been in discussion with Alpine Travel since making the decision to retire earlier this year, and I am delighted to have been approached and look forward to continuing the excellent service they have been providing to their customers for many years.
"The Abacab staff and fleet will now be based from our Llandudno depot and for the loyal customers of Abacab they will not see a change in the excellent service they currently enjoy, but will have access to the largest independent coach tour operator in north Wales, and we hope to be able to support them with even more services."
Founded in the market town of Llanrwst back in 1972, Alpine Travel has now grown to be the largest independently owned coach operator in north Wales.
Since its creation Alpine Travel has adopted a policy of expansion through acquisition and over the years has successfully acquired interests in several local coach and bus businesses.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Apr 3, 2019|
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