DIY shed chain B&Q is stepping up its investment in building materials in the biggest ever change to its building category.
As well as the £26m investment in its TradePoint business, B&Q’s joinery, power tools,hand tools, electrical and plumbing aisles will receive a £25m makeover over the next few months.
The DIY chain will also launch more than 4,000 new products across the building category.
The company promised in March to roll out the TradePoint business to over 100 stores by late summer. Some 74 TradePoints are open at the moment.
From the end of July B&Q will make over its joinery shop offering a range of over 1200 doors a huge stocked stair case range and a specialist timber cutting service in 147 stores.
Ranges in power tools and hand tools will be refreshed in the Autumn including the launch of a new exclusive range of JCB power and hand tools, storage, tool boxes, work wear and clothing ranges.
Euan Sutherland, CEO of B&Q and Kingfisher UK says: “From timber cutting to advice on the digital TV switchover and the largest ranges of doors, staircases, designer radiators, power and hand tools, B&Q’s building aisles will house the best products, advice and expert service in the market place for serious DIYers, the trade and all customers who are improving rather than moving. We’re building for the future to make it easier for our customers to create their dream home.”