Kingfisher is to open 40 more stores at its Screwfix business this year, creating up to 500 new jobs.
Screwfix currently has 711 stores in the UK and 12 stores in Ireland employing 11,643 people. It’s target is to have 900 in the UK and ROI.
The rapid growth of Screwfix has seen the trade retailer open, on average, one store per week for the last five years. Earlier this year, it announced that it had reached annual sales of £2 billion for the first time, just five years after reaching sales of £1 billion.
A major part of Screwfix’s growth has been its focus on e-commerce, using its stores as fulfilment centres for Click & Collect deliveries which have surged during the pandemic. Screwfix has also launched a brand-new app, with enhanced features based on feedback from its customers.
John Mewett, Screwfix CEO, said: “I am incredibly proud of all Screwfix colleagues for their support in continuing to keep our customers supplied safely. We’re delighted to be opening 50 new stores this year, creating 600 jobs. The growing demand for convenience means we now see scope for over 900 stores in the UK & Ireland, which will help our busy customers get their jobs done.
“We know that time is money for our customers and these new stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland enable us to provide our customers with added convenience and certainty, and provide even more job opportunities for local communities when they need it most.”