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28 APRIL 2017 Market trends, tips and the latest news p7


INDEPENDENT FOCUS Seven pages of essential news and interviews from the top play- ers in the DIY indie field


READER LETTER John Horwood from Kennedy’s Mica lends his views on B&Q’s small-scale venture


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Bunnings opens second store and acquires a fifth

The second Bunnings UK pilot store opened just miles down the road from its first this month, and the Australian DIY giant confirmed that its fifth store will occupy an outlet formerly owned by its biggest UK rival, B&Q. The new store on Hatfield Road, St Albans, continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings warehouse format across the Homebase portfolio following Wesfarmers’ takeover last year. England rugby union legend, Kyran Bracken joined Bunnings team members in St Albans to celebrate the official opening on April 12.

At 40,000sq ft, the Hatfield

Road store occupies a smaller footprint than the first pilot store but will still stock more than 24,000 home improvement and garden products, as well as offering

timber cutting, a garden

centre and a café and children’s play area. A dedicated tool shop within the Warehouse will feature top brands including Ryobi and DeWalt, and paint mixing from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux will also be available to customers, supported by a ‘colour wall’ with over 3,000 paint colour tiles.

Bunnings Warehouse Hatfield Road complex manager Emma Wimble said: “Our team members have worked really

hard to prepare the store for opening and we are looking forward to helping customers and the community with their home and garden projects.” The third and fourth pilot

store locations have been revealed as Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes, the latter of which will boast the largest retail footprint of all four. Wesfarmers Group has announced plans to invest up to £500million rolling out the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland over three to five years. Meanwhile, this week the

retailer confirmed that its fifth UK location would be in Folkestone, Kent, where the Park Farm Retail

The roll out of Bunnings Warehouses across the UK is well underway, with five stores due to be open by July

Park Homebase will be relocated to a 75,000sq ft former B&Q warehouse in July. B&Q vacated the premises in January after a two month closing down sale. A Bunnings spokesperson said: “This is an

exciting development for us as our pilot programme builds momentum extending the Bunnings Warehouse offer to a new area of the UK. Our first pilot store in Griffiths Way, St Albans is performing well.”

B&Q launches new Open Garden pop-up in London

This week B&Q opened the gates to an Open Garden, a pop-up outdoor space in Soho, with the goal of allowing Londoners to relax, enjoy and entertain whilst

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B&Q’s Open Garden aims to demonstrate what can be done in small-scale spaces

gaining their

own outdoor spaces, however small. The venture marks

a first for the retailer. With the average

new-build garden

now 40% smaller, and a higher proportion of new homes now garden-less flats, the Open Garden is part of B&Q’s mission to show how even the smallest outdoor space – whether it’s a balcony or a window sill – can be transformed into a green haven. The Open Garden is open every

day from 10am, with food from Barbeskews Catering, botanical

inspired drinks from the Portobello Road Gin shed and plenty of outdoor sofas among the plants and herbs. There is also a flower selfie wall and Londoners can drop by until 9.30pm to listen to live music from the No Limits Street Band. The space will also host daily free workshops with B&Q experts on how to transform small spaces into green sanctuaries. B&Q’s

marketing director for outdoor Mike Norton said:

“Gardens in London can be small and many have to make do with a small balcony or window sill, but that doesn’t mean that Londoners should miss out on the joys of outdoor space. With summer approaching, we wanted to do something really different to

remind Londoners how

extraordinary a garden can be, and to inspire them to get out and make the most of the spaces they do have, whatever the size.”

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