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Screwfix opens 80 new stores employing 800 people after DIY lockdown boom boosts sales

Screwfix saw sales boosted by the lockdown do-it-yourself boom as Brits turned to home renovations at a time when pubs, restaurants and shops were closed. Hardware stores were allowed to remain open

Screwfix will open 80 new stores by January 2023
Screwfix will open 80 new stores by January 2023

Screwfix has announced plans to open 80 new stores across the UK and Ireland, which will create 800 jobs.

The hardware store chain wants to open the new branches by January next year.

It comes after Screwfix boosted its sales thanks to the lockdown do-it-yourself boom, as Brits turned to home renovations at a time when pubs, restaurants and shops were closed.

Hardware stores have been allowed to remain open as a ‘essential retailer’ during the Covid pandemic.

Kingfisher, owners of Screwfix and B&Q, posted profits of more than £1billion last year as the pandemic-driven DIY boom continued.

However, the Screwfix stores saw sales decline 4.2% in the three months ended January over the period.

The chain will hire sales assistants and managerial positions for its new stores and will provide new employees with opportunities to participate in its apprenticeship program.

The expansion will result in vacancies across the UK – but Screwfix has yet to announce the locations of the 80 new stores.

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Screwfix opened 70 new shops in 2021 and will have a total of 870 stores by the end of its expansion plans.

The boss of the hardware store chain said its expansion plans respond to continued demand from tradesmen who need tools.

Last month, Kingfisher’s boss said the post-pandemic shift to working from home would further fuel the DIY boom.

Screwfix Chief Executive John Mewett said: “We know how busy tradesmen are and the importance of finding a Screwfix store close to location.

“By opening more stores in the UK and Ireland we are making Screwfix even more accessible to tradespeople, ensuring they can get the job done quickly, affordably and right first time.

“We are also excited to be making a positive impact on local communities and creating more than 800 jobs for local people.”

In March, Screwfix announced it would raise the minimum wage for employees by 5.4% to £9.70 an hour, effective from April 1, just above the new statutory minimum wage of £9.50.

This applies to employees aged 23 and over.

For those aged 21-22 the minimum wage is £9.18 and the minimum age for those aged 18-20 is £6.83.

The minimum wage for under 18s is £4.81 and the minimum age for apprentices is also £4.81.

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