Independent builders merchant MKM is to open its 37th branch next month and has announced an expansion programme that includes more branches and new offices.
The 37th branch is opening in Perth, Scotland, in early June 2011, while rebuilding work has started at the Anlaby branch in Hull. The offices are also planned for the headquarters to accommodate MKM’s growth.
The investment in Analby and the headquarters buildings will come to around £2m and are a sign of MKM’s confidence in the future, says chief executive David Kilburn.
MKM has appointed local builders to complete each contract including George Houlton & Sons who have been given the £1M contract to re-build the branch in Anlaby, East Yorkshire. This is due to be completed in November 2011. The new £1M offices at MKM’s headquarters will be built by Hull company Hall Construction Group.
“We are extremely pleased to be embarking upon an exciting plan of expansion over the next two years, which will hopefully see us open up to 12 new branches throughout the country, generate new jobs and open up interesting opportunities,” Kilburn says.
“Our Perth branch kick-starts all of our plans and will be open in early June 2011. We haven’t opened a new branch since we opened our Dereham branch two years ago, which just goes to show how confident we are in the future of our business and industry. We believe now is the time to invest in the company and stimulate growth.
“The next two years will see us re-invest in the company to further strengthen our position in the market place as the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant.”
MKM currently has two branches in Scotland, in Edinburgh and Kirkaldy.
MKM was established in 1995 in Hull. Its most recent initiatives was MKM Online, an ecommerce store which sells a wide range of DIY, gardening and building accessory products at affordable prices.