Eight B&Q stores are set to close around the UK including one in Yorkshire, which is the Sheffield Drakehouse store. The B&Q stores closing are located in Asda supermarkets from 11th March, The Mirror reports.
Other stores closing include Dagenham, Roehampton, Edmonton, Thurmaston, Great Bridge, Lancaster, and Hartlepool.
Staff impacted by the closures will be offered alternative roles in nearby stores, so no jobs will be lost as a result.
The closure comes after an ‘intensive review of the test format which involved the two popular chains joining up back in 2020 due to shopping behaviours during the pandemic, according to Asda.
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The chain’s strategy director Chris Bargate said: “Following an extensive review of our test formats, we have decided to focus on developing our blueprint for smaller high street stores – our B&Q Local stores, with a view to expanding into more high streets.”
Asda said: “Following a ‘test and learn’ trial between B&Q and Asda, both businesses will continue to build on the learnings but will not be continuing with the concessions in Asda stores. The proposition was well received by customers, and Asda will use the lessons learned to help inform its wider concessions strategy.”
B&Q aim to focus on their smaller high street stores going forward with plans to expand further according to the director of the strategy, Chris Bargate.
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