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Sales and profits up for SCS as it reaches portfolio milestone

The furniture and flooring retailer opened its 100th store during the financial year – a trading period which also saw sales climb 4.4% to £349.5million and pre-tax profit up nearly 10% to £12million.Sofa Carpet Specialist’s (SCS) performance for ... 
3 October 2017

Wilko opens new store in Edinburgh

Home and garden retailer Wilko is expected to open a new 8,900 square foot store at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh in November.“We are delighted to have signed the lease at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park and looking forward to serving the ... 
3 October 2017

Covers Chichester celebrates official opening

Timber & builders merchant Covers invited local Conservative MP Gillian Keegan to cut the ribbon, officially opening its new-look Home Ideas store in ChichesterMrs Keegan was given a tour of the showroom on Quarry Lane by store manager Richard ... 
3 October 2017

Scotts fails in challenge of Westland Safelawn ad

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company filed a complaint about Westland Horticulture’s viral ad promoting its Safelawn product, questioning whether its claim that lawncare item was “safe for children and pets” was misleading.The complaint was raised with ... 
3 October 2017

Thornbury hardware store acquires premises with HSBC funding

A Gloucestershire hardware store has used funding from HSBC to acquire its premises outright.Hawkins of Thornbury has acquired a property that includes the DIY merchants, space for two offices and three units that are sub-let to other businesses.The ... 
2 October 2017

Dunelm creates 100 Chelmsford jobs at Clock Tower retail park

Dunelm, one of the UK’s leading homewares retailer, will be moving into the new Clock Tower Retail Park in Chelmsford in December, creating 100 new jobs as part of the move.The new 30,500 sq. ft. store at the former Britvic factory site will feature ... 
2 October 2017

Screwfix Live opens its doors on “biggest and best-ever” show

Now in its fifth year, the Screwfix Live event is set to attract thousands of visitors from today and during its weekend run. DIY Week catches up with marketing director Graham Smith while he is at the show ... 
29 September 2017

Entry is open to the DIY Week Awards

Entry into the retailer and supplier categories of the 2018 DIY Week Awards is now open.With a host of all-new categories recognising excellence and innovation, the awards could be the perfect time for your company or product to shine.This year we ... 
29 September 2017

IKEA Group signs agreement to acquire TaskRabbit

IKEA Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities), the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, has signed a conditional agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in TaskRabbit, Inc., an on-demand services platform company. TaskRabbit ... 
29 September 2017

Chichester Homebase to become latest Bunnings conversion

The large Homebase store, on Discovery Park, Barnfield Drive, which is located on the edge of Chichester, will close on November 6, as work commences to transform it into the latest Bunnings Warehouse. The Bunnings store will open later this year. ... 
28 September 2017

Ikea opens new store in Sheffield today

The Scandinavian furniture giants has opened a brand new £60 million store in Sheffield this morning, following an announcement of the opening date back in August. This year IKEA is celebrating 30 years in the UK, and the opening of IKEA Sheffield ... 
28 September 2017

Tool Shop opens new store

London hardware independent opens the doors to the first of two new additions to its store portfolio, having completely refurbished the shop on Upper Road, Islington and opened for trading in under six weeks.The new outlet is Tool Shop’s second on ... 
27 September 2017

DMD wins best display stand at trade show

At Home Hardware’s Autumn Trade Show on Tuesday, September 19, DMD was voted the ‘Best Display Stand’, earning key accounts manager Rachel Procter and head of sales Rob Blackburn a cash prize of £100 and a glass trophy. Minky (Robert Winstanley) ... 
27 September 2017

Akzo converts to green energy for paint production in the Netherlands

All of AkzoNobel's paint and coatings production in the Netherlands is now powered by green energy, marking another milestone on the company's journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.An agreement has been signed with energy company Eneco which ... 
27 September 2017

Bunnings Warehouse Sittingbourne officially opened today

A new Bunnings Warehouse was officially opened in Sittingbourne today by former featherweight world boxing champion Barry McGuigan MBE.The new Bunnings Warehouse at Sittingbourne Retail Park on Mill Way replaces the former Homebase and has created ... 
27 September 2017

Potting Shed Garden Centre re-opens after summer make-over

A popular potting shed garden centre at Stapenhill Cemetery has reopened following a summer of redevelopment.East Staffordshire Borough Council’s horticultural team is behind the Potting Shed Garden Centre, based at the Greenhouse at the cemetery.It ... 
27 September 2017

B&M to open new store in Wales

B&M is to open a new Homestore store in Cross Hands on Saturday, October 28 and will create 70 jobs for local people at the site on Cross Hands Business Park.B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers and customers can expect to find a ... 
27 September 2017

Mica raises record amount for Rainy Day Trust

Mica held its annual conference on September 23-25, 2017, of which a full exclusive report will be provided for the next issue of DIY Week. The Co-operative group of independent retailers has announced exclusively to DIY Week that this year’s Gala ... 
26 September 2017

BIRA opens new offices

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) officially opened its new offices in Edgbaston in Birmingham on September 21, 2017. The event was attended by 150 members, staff and friends of the association and included a talk by Professor ... 
26 September 2017

Wyevale reveals new strategy update after £100m refinancing

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC), one of the largest operator of garden centres in the UK, has released a new strategy that will implement its refinancing to achieve its strategic goals by investing in people, upgrading systems and controls and ... 
26 September 2017
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