The UK’s largest specialist wine retailer has revealed plans to expand to the Channel Islands as it doubles down on its investment into bricks-and-mortar growth.

John Colley, Majestic CEO

John Colley: ‘We’ve had our eyes on Jersey for a number of years as part of our growth plans’

Majestic Wine’s first store, spanning 5,695 sq ft, will open in The Powerhouse on Queen’s Road in Jersey on April 30 and will sell more than 1,200 wines alongside beers, spirits, low- and no-alcohol alternatives, soft drinks and snacks.

The new store supports Majestic’s business-to-business division Majestic Commercial, supplying wines to bars and restaurants on the island and comes after the retailer acquired Vagabond Wines out of administration, bringing nine wine bars into its portfolio.

The specialist wine retailer opened six new stores in England and Wales last financial year in Rugby, Newark, Chippenham and Monmouth, plus two small-format shops in London and Marlow.

Majestic chief executive, John Colley said: “We’ve had our eyes on Jersey for a number of years as part of our growth plans, so we are delighted to be opening a brand new store on the island. We can’t wait to welcome the people of Jersey, share our expert knowledge and help them discover new wines, beers and spirits they will love.

“Expanding outside of mainland UK and on to the Channel Islands is an incredibly exciting milestone for us in our growth strategy – one that underscores our ongoing commitment to investing in bricks-and-mortar retail. This is the first of many new store openings we have planned this year and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more new customers into the Majestic family.”