Builders merchant chain MKM is expecting to extend its coverage across Scotland, the North West, the Midlands and the South of England.
The Hull-based merchant plans to open 10 new branches in the next 18 months, creating 200 jobs across the country.
The last branch opening was in Perth in June 2011 and chairman David Kilburn said then that “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.”
Kilburn has described Scotland, where the company currently has three branches, as an “area of opportunity”. The new branches are likely to be in Scotland, Yorkshire, the Midlands, the South of England and the North West. Currently, MKM’s most sotuerly branch is in Chelsford, Essex.
The company is also starting to re-build its Anlaby branch in East Yorkshire and build new offices at its headquarters on Hull, in order to accommodate more staff.
MKM expects sales for the year to September 2011 to be £132.6m, a rise of 2.3%.