New Louth B&Q store to open in October

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THE NEW B&Q store in Louth will open its doors to customers in October, the Leader can reveal.

B&Q’s parent company, Kingfisher, said the Louth store was one of 29 new ones being opened across the country in monthly phases.

It is understood a manager is in place and staff have been taken on.

B&Q is taking over the former Focus store on the Fairfield Industrial Estate which closed this summer.

Back in May administrators for Focus, Ernst and Young, revealed that Focus stores across the country had been bought by B&Q for £23 million.

At the time one of the Louth Focus branch managers, Richard Beckett, paid tribute to the 12 staff at the store.

He said: “Most of the staff have worked here since we opened, the professionalism they show now since the news is remarkable.”

The other store manager Elaine Wilson said: “A B&Q store would be great for Louth as it would hopefully bring in more jobs to the town.”

It is understood staff who worked at Focus have been kept on and new jobs have been created.

One shopper, who did not wish to be named, said: “We are looking forward to B&Q opening and if there will be any offers on.”

B&Q is currently the UK’s largest home improvement retailer and aims to bring investment and jobs into the local community.

Having a B&Q retailer in Louth means local residents will no longer need to travel the 16 miles out of town to the closest B&Q store in Grimsby.

l Will the new B&Q store be of benefit to Louth? Will you shop there?

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