Screwfix expands network with two store openings in one day
Published: 13 August 2019 - Kiran Grewal
The omni-channel retailer is ploughing ahead with expansion plans, opening trade counters in High Wycombe and Northallerton earlier this month.
Both new branches - on Finkills Way in Northallerton, and Tannery Road Trade Park in Loudwater, High Wycombe - officially opened their doors on August 8, with celebrations and promotions, including 10% off for customers, running all weekend.
According to Screwfix, “hundreds of eager customers” turned out at each opening in order to stock up on tools and trade essentials.
The two new units join Screwfix’s network of more than 640 stores nationwide and form part of the Kingfisher-owned chain’s plan to have more than 97% of the UK population within a 30-minute drive of one of its stores. The business is set on rapid expansion and, just last month, Screwfix opened four new branches, with three officially opening their doors on the same day on July 18.
Screwfix’s High Wycombe – Loudwater store is its second branch in the area, with a trade counter already trading around three miles away on Cressex Business Park, Store manager Stacey Paternoster said: “We chose to open a new store in High Wycombe – Loudwater to better meet the needs of the local tradespeople. Many of our new customers previously shopped with Screwfix at our Cressex Business Park and Amersham stores, so we’re delighted to bring Screwfix even closer to them for greater convenience.
“Our celebration period, which ran from Thursday 8th of August throughout the weekend, until Sunday 11th of August, attracted hundreds of customers. We have received fantastic support from local homes and from the local community and are looking forward to welcoming and helping more tradespeople and serious DIYers over the coming months.”
Both the Loudwater and Northallerton stores will open seven days a week, with trading starting at 7am Monday to Saturday and from 9am on a Sunday. The stores will also provide a Click & Collect service, where customers can order their goods online or over the phone and pick them up from a store in as little as one minute.
Meanwhile, Travis Perkins trade counter chain, Toolstation is continuing its roll-out of branches across the UK and has just announced an extension to the opening hours of its Scottish branches.
Local registered charities are also being invited to apply for funding from The Screwfix Foundation by visiting Screwfix branches to pick up a leaflet for more information.
The Screwfix Foundation, which is another aspect of Screwfix’s nationwide initiatives, supports local charities and community projects by providing donations to fix, repair or maintain local homes and community facilities. Screwfix staff are directly involved in helping community projects and host charity fundraising events within the stores.