Shoe Zone sets its sights on Brantano

London -Shoe Zone is said to have placed a bid for rival ailing footwear chain Brantano, a week after the retailer's owners, Alteri Investors, filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators.

Shoe Zone is one of the final bidders for Brantano and is reportedly up against Edinburgh Woollen Mill in its battle to acquire the ailing footwear retailer according to Sky News. A deal concerning Brantano could happen by the end of the week and the acquisition would see Shoe Zone significantly expand its reach. However a potential purchase by Shoe Zone could also be a risky move for the footwear retailer, who revealed a 4.2 percent decrease in its annual revenue earlier this year linked to the shuttering of a number of loss making stores.

Brantano notice of intention to appoint administrators came one day after Alteri filed an identical notice for sister brand Jones Bootmaker. Both sales of are being handled separately, with PWC overseeing the auction of Brantano and KPMG heading Jones Bootmaker sale. Fellow footwear retailer Kurt Geiger and Endless are two of the names which have been linked to potentially acquiring Jones Bootmaker. Both sales processes could close as early as the end of the week.

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