Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its growth strategy by opening branches in Southampton and Weybridge, taking the total number of Selco outlets around the UK to 40.
The Southampton opening sees Selco extend into a new territory with the first ever branch in Hampshire.
The outlet in Weybridge means the trade-only merchant now has 24 branches in and around London.
Chris Cunliffe, Selco chief executive, said: “One of our core values at Selco is Customer First, and by opening new branches and offering new initiatives, we are making life as easy as possible for the tradesmen to purchase all the materials they need for the job.
“Both branches will feature all of Selco’s offerings and initiatives including Click and Collect – making life easier for customers who can order online and collect in branch – and Selco Hire – the easy way to hire plant, tools and equipment at the same time as picking up building materials and supplies.”
“We have grown at a fast rate over recent years, with five new branches opening for trading during 2015. Both new branch openings are exciting opportunities, particularly Southampton which takes us into a new part of the UK and Weybridge that further strengthens our coverage in the South East.
“The openings in Southampton and Weybridge have provided a welcome economic boost to both communities, with over 50 jobs created in each area.”
“To reach 40 branches is an outstanding achievement for the entire Selco team. Our next landmark figure is 50 branches and 2016 will be full steam ahead to achieving this.”
In addition, 10 charities or community groups have received an early Christmas present of a £500 cash donation after being judged Selco Saints in a special competition to mark the openings.
Charities and community groups were invited to submit entries explaining in no more than 100 words why they would be worthy winners of the prize.
The successful organisations in Southampton were SCRATCH, the Ronald McDonald Hospice, The Rainbow Project, Southampton Society for the Blind, and YMCA Fairthorne.
In Weybridge the winners were Sam Beare Hospice, Brigitte Trust, TALK, Addlestone Pre-School, and the Counselling Partnership.
Cunliffe added: “We are thrilled to be providing an immediate benefit to the local community of both Southampton and Weybridge.
“The cash prizes can make a big difference to the successful charities and community groups and, with Christmas fast approaching, there is no better time to make these donations.”
The Southampton and Weybridge branches offer an extensive range of building materials, drainage, roofing, heating, plumbing and electrical products, a range of timber including a bespoke cutting service, doors and windows, ironmongery and fixings, decorating supplies, landscaping and fencing items, as well as kitchen and bathroom showrooms.