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Meols Cop Homebase reveals closing date to make way for Sainsburys

Homebase bosses have confirmed that the Meols Cop branch will close just weeks before Christmas. The store is being closed down to make way for a new Sainsburys superstore which is planned to be built on the same site. In order for that store, which ... 
1 November 2017

Bunnings opens Harlow store

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings has opened its 10th UK Warehouse store, taking over the former Homebase outlet on Edinburgh Way in Harlow today.The new opening has created over 25 full and part time jobs at the 78,000sq ft store, ... 
1 November 2017

Travis Perkins improves customer service with new software solution

Travis Perkins has selected Riverbed SteelCentral Aternity to increase end-user visibility, improving customer service and enhancing colleague productivity. Since deployment, the monitoring solution has significantly reduced the average time it ... 
1 November 2017

Successful trial sees further expansion of Habitat's mini-stores

Habitat is to launch four further new Mini Habitat stores by mid-November 2017. New Mini Habitat stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets will open in York (Monk’s Cross), Manchester (Cheadle), Newcastle (Heaton) and London (Wandsworth), taking the ... 
31 October 2017

Axminster named Power Tool Supplier of the Year for second year running

East Devon firm Axminster Tools & Machinery was awarded the title ‘Power Tool Supplier of the Year’ at the recent ‘On the Tools gala dinner and awards.The event took place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, hosted by ‘On the Tools’ – ... 
31 October 2017

Decco partners Husqvarna

Home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco, has been appointed retail distributor for garden power products supplier Husqvarna, covering the company’s consumer garden brands including Flymo and McCulloch.The move strengthens Decco’s offering in ... 
31 October 2017

Stax acquires PDS Logistics

Wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has made a further investment in its supply chain with the acquisition of the logistics firm for an undisclosed sum.Stax will assume control of PDS with immediate effect and hopes the move will allow it to gain greater ... 
31 October 2017

B&M opens stores in Llanelli and Skelton

B&M has increased its presence in South Wales with the opening of a new store in Llanelli.The B&M Home Store with Garden Centre is located at the new Cross Hands Business Park, opening its doors to the public on Saturday with the help of ... 
30 October 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Akzo Nobel in merger talks with Axalta

Dutch coatings firm, Akzo has today confirmed it is in “constructive discussions” with US rival Axalta with a view to creating a “leading global paints & coatings company through a merger of equals”.Akzo made its statement this morning in “in ... 
30 October 2017

Ideabright Ltd bought back in pre-pack deal

Retailer Ideabright Ltd, which operates three stores in Fulham under the Dibranto, PoshRosh and Cleanup names, has been bought out of administration by one of its directors.According to documents from Duff & Phelps, Ideabright, which went into ... 
27 October 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Top brands partner with BHETA for National Home Improvement Week

DIY WEEK EXCLUSIVE The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has told DIY Week exclusively that it is launching a new consumer-facing marketing campaign for Spring 2018: National Home Improvement Week. It is expected to make a wider ... 
27 October 2017

Coleman's unveils new £5 million garden centre in Templepatrick

The first stage of the new £5 million garden centre in County Antrim has been declared open this week, by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.Colemans Garden Centre, which earlier this year announced its multimillion pound renovation project, was ... 
27 October 2017

CBI reports increase of sales in hardware and DIY sector

Retail sales declined sharply in the year to October, disappointing expectations for a solid expansion, according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trades Survey, however the hardware and DIY sector saw a 43% increase in sales, performing well ... 
26 October 2017

Tile Trader launches ‘Tiling for a Good Cause’ campaign

‘Tiling for a Good Cause’ - a nationwide initiative launched by online retailer Tile Trader, is asking members of the public to nominate a small space in their local area in need of a makeover. Local spaces and projects may include the addition of ... 
25 October 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens store in Worle

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse opened the doors to its new 76,000sq ft store in Worle today – it’s ninth pilot store in the UK.The new Bunnings outlet is on the site of the former Homebase at Queensway Centre and carries the ... 
25 October 2017

"Difficult trading" for Homebase dents Bunnings' UK sales

Australian retail giant, Wesfarmers Limited has today announced its Q1 results for FY18, which saw declines in its Bunnings proposition in the UK.Bunnings UK & Ireland (BUKI) reported total sales of £276 million, down 17.5% (-13.8% in local ... 
25 October 2017

Wyevale to enhance the customer experience with the oracle retail stores suite of solutions

Today, Oracle announced that Wyevale Garden Centres ("Wyevale") has invested in the Oracle Retail Stores suite of solutions including the latest version of Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service, Oracle MICROS Hardware and Oracle Retail Customer ... 
24 October 2017

Carpetright reports 0.8% like-for-like sales growth

Carpetright has announced total Group sales are up by 1.8% in its trading update for the 25 weeks ended 21 October 2017.In the UK?there was o like-for like sales growth of 0.8%, with an increase of 2.1% within the flooring category, offset in part ... 
24 October 2017

Dunelm moves Warrington store out of town

Dunelm is closing its town centre store in Warrington and moving to Junction Nine Retail Park, formerly the Alban Retail Park. The new 34,000sq ft store will feature a Pausa Café.Dunelm’s outlet on Parker Street will close when the store moves to ... 
24 October 2017

Benjamin Moore opens debut UK showroom

Two years since their exclusive launch of Benjamin Moore paints into the UK market, Shaw Paints Ltd, has announced the opening of the Benjamin Moore Chelsea Showroom. Situated in the heart of Chelsea at 263 Fulham Road, the 1,300 sq ft showroom has ... 
23 October 2017
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