independent

Wednesday 16 April 2014

DIY giant B&Q may open 10 Irish stores

DIY giant B&Q may open as many as ten stores in Ireland, its owner, Kingfisher, said yesterday.

On Friday, its first Irish store will begin trading in Liffey Valley on the M50 in West Dublin.

The store of 150,000 sq ft will be five times larger than the biggest grocery supermarket permitted under Irish legislation. The limits do not apply to B&Q as it does not sell food. The outlet will also be the largest DIY outlet in the country.

A spokesperson for the group said it hoped to have ten such stores in Ireland in "several years" in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. She added the company had not secured sites for the outlets.

The entry of B&Q into the Irish market will stiffen competition for existing players like Heitons and Woodies.

The Liffey Valley store was opened yesterday by Tánaiste Mary Harney, who said that B&Q had built up links with Enterprise Ireland and a large range of Irish manufacturers and suppliers.

She said: "At present B&Q works with 32 Irish suppliers and B&Q is committed to purchasing products worth ?100m from Ireland in 2002 and 2003."

The company will employ 220 people locally.

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Top Stories

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News