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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 for updates on both these stories.


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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