Listed estate agency group expands West Yorkshire presence with new branch opening

Hunters Property, one of the UK’s largest franchised sales and lettings agency businesses, has announced the launch of a new branch in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

This new branch becomes the company’s second to launch in the Wakefield district in as many months, following the opening of the Castleford branch in December 2018.

Both branches are operated by Mark Wheeldon and his team, which formerly traded as the local agency, 5towns Sales and Lettings. Both branches have now become part of the AIM-listed Hunters network.

Mark Wheeldon, sales director of Hunters Pontefract and Hunters Castleford, said: “We are delighted to become part of a nationwide network and are really excited for both branches to be operating under the renowned Hunters banner.

“We felt it was an important next step in the development of our business and offering to our existing and prospective customers, in which access to the additional support in technology and training in particular, will set us apart.”

The first Hunters office opened in York in 1992 and its first franchising branch launched in 2006.

The firm now has a network of over 200 branches nationwide, with offices in a number of regions across the UK including London, Oxford, Bristol, Middlesbrough, Wales and Manchester.

Hunters’ services cover residential sales, lettings, buy-to-let and investment, residential block management, land and new homes, franchising and other property related services.

Glynis Frew, chief executive of Hunters Property, added: “It is fantastic to be able to kick off 2019 with a new branch opening in the face of well-documented challenges being faced by the industry.

“We are delighted that Mark and his team can extend Hunters’ presence in this part of the country and offer an unrivalled customer service that is built upon a strong emphasis on local knowledge, expertise, a nationwide marketing programme and the highest professional standards developed through the Hunters training academy.”