Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its second new branch this year with doors opening at Coventry this month.
The new site, located on Austin Drive, becomes the merchant’s 37th branch and follows hot on the heels of the launch in Redhill, Surrey earlier this year.
An open day was held on Monday 20th July where Birmingham Bears’ fast bowler, Richard Jones, was joined by local schoolgirl, Rajmeet Chopra, to officially signal the branch open for business.
Selco’s chief executive, Chris Cunliffe, said: “We are delighted to have opened in Coventry, further extending Selco’s strong links in the West Midlands. We have had our eye on a spot in this area for many years and this is another step towards our ambitious target of opening a Selco branch in every major town and city in the UK.
“The opening has created more than 50 jobs in branch, something we are all very proud of, and it will be of huge benefit to the local economy. Selco’s policy has always been to employ as many people as possible from the branch’s local area and this is something we have repeated in Coventry.
“As we continue to expand there will many more jobs created, not only at a branch level but we will be creating many opportunities for careers progression across the business.”
Brian Kemp, Selco Coventry branch manager, said: “Preparations for the new branch have been ongoing for several months and we are pleased to now be officially open for business.
“We have assembled a very strong and dedicated team and are confident we can offer a first-class service.”
Local schoolgirl Ramjeet Chopra was selected to open the branch after five local schools were tasked with creating their very own Birmingham Bears cricket shirt whilst undertaking sessions at Birmingham Bears’ Edgbaston Classroom facility thanks to Selco’s sponsorship of the Bears this season.
Rajmeet (11) of Little Heath Primary School was chosen as the standout entry and she will now see her winning design professionally made and presented to Little Heath Primary School. She will also receive £100 worth of Amazon vouchers and the school is being gifted 200 tickets to watch Warwickshire vs. Glamorgan at Edgbaston on the 3rd August.