Wait goes on for B&Q to nail down store’s future

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THE decision to open a B&Q store in Louth is still in a state of uncertainty, with negotiations still ongoing.

Back in May B&Q made a £23 million deal with administrators for Focus, Ernst and Young, to take over several of their stores. B&Q’s parent company, Kingfisher, later confirmed that 29 stores would open across the country in monthly phases.

Out of the 29 stores B&Q took over, Louth is one of two stores left which are still waiting to be opened.

The premises, which was formerly Focus DIY, is privately owned and B&Q need to fully agree on an arrangement with the land owner before plans can move any further forward.

The negotiations have passed over the initial opening date of October, the date supplied to the Leader in a statement from B&Q back in September.

B&Q told the Leader this week that talks with the land owner are currently ongoing and no time scale can be determined when a final decision will be made.

With Christmas rapidly approaching the uncertainty over the negotiations is also leaving staffing matters hanging in the balance.

The Leader reported in September that it was understood a manager and staff for the Louth store had been taken on, but again B&Q have informed us they have no news at this time regarding the staffing situation.

B&Q is currently the UK’s largest home improvement retailer and say they would bring a substantial amount of investment into the local community.

It would also mean residents from Louth would not need to travel 16 miles out of town to the closest B&Q store in Grimsby.

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