Having purchased Wild Cards & Gifts and Kenny’s Cardiology in quick succession it’s reasonable to ask what’s next for UK retailer WH Smith in Australia.
While the majority of their UK experience is in high street and mass transit location newsagency and newsagency like businesses, there focus up to now has been on card and gift. While Wild and Kenny’s provide WH Smith with retail outlets for their home brand gift and social stationery lines, they do not play to the strengths of the business and, I suspect, they do not provide WH Smith the critical mass they need for operational efficiency.
While there are plenty of stories around about their next move in Australia there are no facts. One story put to me was that I’ve had discussions with them. I have not.