South Wales independent builders’ merchant LBS Builders Merchants opened its 26th branch yesterday (June 15).
The branch, on the Ty Verlon Trading Estate in Barry, is the family-run company’s furthest east branch in Wales.
The fully-refurbished site, off Cardiff Road, will consist of a builders’ merchant, a Total Plumbing outlet and a large, impressive kitchen and bathroom showroom.
Founded in 1931, the Welsh business comprises of 17 Builders Merchant Branches; 10 Total Plumbing Centres; 11 Kitchen and Bathroom showrooms; a specialist Civils business; a dedicated roofing merchant; Talbot Timber: a timber and roof truss supplier and manufacturer; and a Home and Garden Centre.
The company has completed a full restructure of the shop, warehouse and yard, with new IT systems, a wide product range, in-depth stock holding and new fleet of vehicles.
Initially, the new branch has added 15 new positions, with plans to build the team as the branch develops.
Managing director, Mark Davies said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Barry branch. We are pleased to have been successful in employing a fantastic team of local people, all from the Barry area, to help us make this branch a real success that provides excellent service for our new and existing customers in the area.
“People are at the heart of what we do, and our continued investment and growth allows us to welcome new team members to our 380-strong workforce.
“We hope to build on our hard work and significant investment to date with the aim to becoming the merchant of choice locally.”
He added: “We are a proud Welsh, independent business and celebrate 89 years of successful trading in 2020.
“We continue to look to the future and against a challenging backdrop, we are very excited to have arrived in Barry.”