"and of Cook's being shut over the holidays"

Statue of Thomas Cook in Leicester
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 Thomas Cook's was a travel agency founded by Thomas Cook (1808-1892) in the mid 19th Century.

Although a travel agency business called the Thomas Cook Group is still in business today, the original family company of Thomas Cook and Son was sold to the Compagnie Internationale des Wagon-Lits in 1928.