Independent builders merchant MKM celebrated its improved year-end results with a new branch in Castleford, taking it into West Yorkshire for the first time.
The Hull-based company saw sales rise by 14% to £163m in the 12 months to September 30 2013.
The new branch in Castleford follows another opening in Durham and brings the total number of MKM branches across the UK to 42.
The company says it could open up to six more branches in 2014.
Founder and executive chairman David Kilburn said the Durham branch built on MKM’s strong position in the North East of England, while the new Castleford operation extended the company’s reach along the M62 corridor. “The locations of these new branches are strategic,” Kilburn said.
“The North East has always been a key area for us, but with the obvious omission of Durham which we have now rectified. It joins our other branches in Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Morpeth, Hexham and Alnwick to give us a clear and strong presence in the area.
“Castleford sees us expand for the first time into West Yorkshire, which we believe holds enormous potential for MKM.
“With a significant belt of industrial and residential properties that surround the M62 corridor, stretching all the way to our most westerly stores in Macclesfield and Southport, there is a considerable geographic region that remains as yet untapped. Castleford is our first step to accessing those markets.”