Talks with bidders for the remaining 150 Unwins stores to be sold are up and running, according to administrators KPMG.

Bidders interested in the last outlets belonging to the collapsed UK wine retailer were told to table offers by 5pm on Tuesday (3 January).

A spokesperson for KPMG told just-drinks today (5 January) that, although talks were underway, it "could be weeks" before the administrators accept an offer. The spokesperson added that there had been "a lot of interest" for the 150 outlets but she refused to name the bidders. Rival groups Oddbins and Whittalls Wines are thought to have expressed an interest in some stores.

Threshers last month bought 200 Unwins stores just a week after the company's management called in the administrators after failing to turnaround the business. It is hoped that Threshers' move will save 1,200 of the 1,800 jobs under threat after KPMG closed the stores on 20 December.