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Space-saving programme progressing well, says B&Q

Published: 11 April 2008
'Win-win' scenario will lead to additional space let throughout 2008.
Space-saving programme progressing well, says B&Q
B&Q continues to release available space across its estate after it announced three deals as part of its rightsizing programme.

B&Q began to release the available space, and with it more than £11 million worth of annual rental commitment, in January 2006 through store closures and also through rightsizing existing Warehouse stores.

The retailer has concluded a rightsizing deal at Damolly Retail Park, Newry following negotiations with the landlord, Corbo Ltd, to surrender c.20,000 sq ft of the original store and the builder's yard.

B&Q is now trading in a refitted, rightsized Mini Warehouse store of c.52,000 sq ft plus a garden centre on a 20-year lease.

The surplus space has been let to kitchen retailer MFI, and bedroom retailer Dreams.

B&Q has also exchanged conditional contracts to let 14,369 sq ft to PC World's parent DSGi at its store at Pasteur Retail Park in Great Yarmouth.

B&Q will retain and refit 52,000 sq ft plus the existing garden centre as a new Mini Warehouse outlet.

Conditional contracts have also been exchanged with Dunelm to let 25,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease at the B&Q store at Raustina Retail Park, Londonderry to create a B&Q Mini Warehouse of 75,000 sq ft.

Working with property consultants, Foinavon, B&Q has already disposed of two vacated stores and rightsized a further three B&Q Warehouses to create B&Q Mini Warehouses with a further two now under offer equating to the disposal of more than 350,000 sq ft of surplus space.

This rightsizing programme will continue with a further 12 stores available for rightsizing, each of which provides surplus space of approximately 30-35,000 sq ft.

Iain Small, a director B&Q, said the 'win-win' situation for both parties will lead to additional progress in 2008, with 50,000 square feet currently under negotiation and further announcements expected shortly.

B&Q has now disposed of space in Glasgow/Braehead, Sprucefield, Tunbridge Wells, Bournemouth, Newry, Londonderry and Great Yarmouth.

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