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B&Q to close five stores in Northern Ireland: 300 jobs could be lost at DIY giant

Belfast and Londonderry stores already earmarked for closure

By John Mulgrew

Published 29/09/2015

The B&Q store at Sprucefield which is set to close. Pic Freddie Parkinson/Presseye
The B&Q store at Sprucefield which is set to close. Pic Freddie Parkinson/Presseye

DIY giant B&Q has revealed it will close five of its nine Northern Ireland stores.

The chain, which is owned by parent firm Kingfisher, said  “B&Q is changing the shape of its store network across the UK.

Two stores, Boucher Road in Belfast the Buncrana Road business in Londonderry, are already earmarked to shut.

But it's understood Craigavon, Ballymena and Sprucefield are also now affected.

B&Q said that after a review of retail space requirements in Northern Ireland, the business “confirmed today that it proposes to move its business to four store locations in Northern Ireland by January 2017, with the closure of five stores”.

Diarmuid Walsh, B&Q's divisional director for Northern Ireland B&Q said:

“B&Q has served the people of Northern Ireland for 26 years and the decision to reshape our store network in the region has been a hard one to make, however it forms an important part of our mission to reinvent home improvement for the modern age.

“We remain committed to our customers here and will be investing to offer an enhanced range of home improvement essentials at the four remaining B&Q stores as well as online at diy.com.

“This now offers over 40,000 home improvement products with the convenience of being delivered to the customer’s home or to their local store, through our Click & Collect service.

"Over the coming months, we will be focused on redeploying as many colleagues impacted by these changes as we can."

The firm said it hoped to find staff jobs at other stores, or elsewhere in the Kingfisher group, such  as its expanding Screwfix stores.

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