In another sign that the economy is back on the up, one of the UK's biggest suppliers of tools, hardware, DIY supplies, plumbing and electrical equipment is opening its first stores in Northern Ireland this month.
Screwfix opened stores in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey last week and another will open in Bangor on January 27.
The four stores are creating 50 new jobs in Northern Ireland.
Andrew Livingston, chief executive of Screwfix, said that the launches are the latest in the company's increasing store network, which now has more than 300 stores across the UK, stocking thousands of tools, accessories and hardware products under one roof.
"We are excited to be launching our first stores in Northern Ireland, giving local tradesmen, handymen and serious DIYers the chance to purchase products at a time and place that suits them," he said.
The firm started in 1979 in Yeovil as Woodscrew Supply Company and was bought by B&Q owner Kingfisher in 1999.