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A possible store merger for B&Q in Norwich

Published: 6 January 2014
Plans have been submitted to Norwich City Council to reduce the size of the B&Q store at Neatmarket to allow Morrisons to move in.
A possible store merger for B&Q in Norwich
The idea came from the supermarket chain and it is reported that the submission states that much of the B&Q unit is empty and the DIY retailer has considered it necessary to reduce the occupation of floorspace in order to continue trading.

The store, which is located less than a mile away from a Homebase store, has been there since 2006 and if the plans go ahead, its 55,000sq ft floorspace will be cut to around 37,000sq ft.

A B&Q spokesperson confirmed that the existing store, in Hall Road in Tuckswood, will be converted to provide a new format B&Q store and a new Fresh Format Morrisons foodstore. The proposed conversion will create 300 local Morrisons jobs.

This news follows many other moves from B&Q to share store space with supermarkets, and Morrisons is its regular partner. The latest deal was made at B&Q's warehouse store in Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Norwich City Council has opposed plans for a new Next Home and Garden store at Longwater Retail Park outside the city.

Keep checking diyweek.net for updates on both these stories.

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By fred
is j smith a local in the area ? or maybe js simply not one or maybe js does not like supermarkets at all. or is it that js has a nimby type of thinking!!
Published prior to March 2014
By C.Rose
Only just heard about this whilst in B&Q today.
Sorry to learn that B&Q are having to downsize this Store but if it has to be, very glad it's to share the space with Morrison - definitely my favourite food store. This will be very convenient for a lot of people.
Published prior to March 2014
By j smith
W don't need any more super markets Norwich is now referred as super market city

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