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Likewise makes distribution move

Likewise Group has made its third acquisition, marking its move into flooring distribution.

The group has bought south-east London wholesaler Lewis Abbott, established in 1945, for £1m, with a further £200,000 to be paid in a year.

‘This is the first move by Likewise into mainstream flooring distribution. Katie Cohen, daughter of the previous owner, Paul Cohen, will head the business in conjunction with Likewise executives James Kellett and Adrian Laffey,’ said Tony Brewer, Likewise chief executive.

‘Together they will build the Lewis Abbott business, developing its current activity in residential flooring and expanding into commercial flooring, supplying trade customers inside the M25. We would like to thank Paul Cohen and wish him and his family well in his retirement.’

In 2018 the group bought William Armes and Bruce Starke & Co.