Cancom UK has acquired London Apple Centre, Tasha Computer.

The deal is understood to have reached completion on June 6. It is believed that Tasha’s existing staff are to be kept on, and that Cancom will develop its new, central London-based operation. Tasha is closed for business today; however, insider sources report that the company should open for business again (under its new Cancom name) later this week.

The decision to sell the company was partially attributable to Kensington and Chelsea council’s decision to increase the leasehold fee and rates on the Tasha’s premises, situated on much sought-after Kensington High Street, reports claim.

Managing director Andy Rauf, who named the company after his daughter, is also believed to have wanted to retire, ending his 24-year career as a Mac reseller. Rauf was unavailable for comment.

Answering the telephone, a staff member promised: “Nothing will change – everything will stay the same. We’ll still be here selling Macs and peripherals.”

Cancom acquired Cambridge’s MacLine in November last year, following its earlier acquisition of Mygate in October 2001.

Cancom’s managing director, Max Wright, has described Cancom’s goal as becoming: “The number one Apple reseller in the UK, both in size and quality of service.” Parent company, Cancom AG has already become the largest Apple reseller in Germany.