Shoppers could soon be enjoying an Aussie-style barbie in the sunshine after a retailer announced plans for a gigantic new store. Developer Davies Street Castle City has revealed the plan for a 50,000 sq ft store on land near junction 9 of the M20 at Ashford. The site could become home to Australian home improvements and garden centre firm Bunnings, and would be the company’s first purpose built store in the UK. A close-up of the proposed new 50,000 sq ft Bunnings store. Picture courtesy of Indigo Planning. It would become a neighbour to the nearby John Lewis at Home store and would be accessed via the same junction near Drovers roundabout. And Davies Street Castle City says new customers could enjoy a true taste of the Australian summer, as Bunnings will host a weekly “sausage sizzle” barbecue at the front of the store to raise money for charities. The sausage sizzle is a popular part of Bunnings stores. Pic from Wiki Commons. The developer said: “If the … [Read more...] about You beaut! Giant Aussie store plans revealed
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A TILE specialist has launched a brand new store after an investment of more than £160,000. Topps Tiles new 6,436 sq ft in Greenwich Way store has been designed to offer a range of wall and floor tiles, under tile heating, wet rooms, tiling accessories and tools. The new store is part of the company’s ongoing expansion, which now has more than 370 stores and 1,700 tile specialists nationwide. Topps Tiles area business manager Dave Elliott said: “Getting the store up and running has been really exciting and we were delighted to have opened our brand-new store. “We’re very excited to be able to offer not only an extensive product range, but also design advice to local homeowners and trade professionals in Andover. “We have a team of experts in the store and they are all dedicated to providing specialist design advice and technical support for our customers, whether that’s advising them on the best type of grout for their interiors, or … [Read more...] about National tile store opens branch in Andover’s newest trade park
PUBLISHED: 08:36 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:26 10 January 2018 jason noble The new Home Bargains store opens in Martlesham on Saturday. Picture: HOME BARGAINS Archant Popular discount retailer Home Bargains is preparing to open its new £750,000 store in Martlesham Heath this weekend, as work continues to progress on the expanding site. A typical Home Bargains store, similar to the one opening at Martlesham Heath. Picture: HOME BARGAINS In October Home Bargains was confirmed to be the latest name to join the park, occupying one of two units built off Martinsyde. The new store has created 50 new jobs, and officially opens its doors at 8am on Saturday. Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our first store in Ipswich and look forward to welcoming customers through the doors. “Martlesham Heath Retail Park will be a great location for us and we’re proud to be able to offer local people top-branded … [Read more...] about Home Bargains creates 50 new jobs at new Martlesham Heath store
If you're planning a spot of home decor or spring cleaning this month, DIY powerhouse B&Q has launched a their Christmas store, with lots of affordable, seasonal decorations on offer. The high street super store, which specialises in home improvements, has deals on home improvement tools and outdoor paints, as well as adding a number of discounted products to their clearance lines. You can browse all items in B&Q's clearance offer here. B&Q's Christmas range hits stores Looking for the perfect tree? B&Q's range of Christmas goodies has hit stores, so no matter what kind of tree you are looking for, or which kind of decorations or lights has caught your eye, you can pick it all up at B&Q. You can see the whole stylish, purse friendly range here. Handy how-to guides And, for the seriously savvy, see their handy how-to guides on how to get started on improvements without forking out high fees for builders and tradesmen. How to build a wooden shed How to plan your … [Read more...] about B&Q deals and voucher codes: Free £5 voucher when you spend £30 and the launch of the Christmas store
TWO DIY-savvy mums claim "sexist" salesmen suggested they should check with their husbands before buying new windows.Kate Richards and Laura Davidson, both from London, had been overseeing separate renovations when they called double-glazing firm Anglian Home for a quote.Kate, 34, claims it was an example of "everyday sexism" when an employee allegedly asked if a man was home to "decide" on the work being done.She then found out that her pal Laura claimed to have had a similar experience with the same company two months earlier.Laura, 38, alleges that during a quote for new windows, the employee suggested she would want to "consult with the Mr on what his budget is".Kate, a solicitor, said: "It's that kind of thing where when it happens, you're not quite sure how to react."At what point do you say it is ridiculous and refuse to buy from them?"It's unconnected to the window and I'd already paid. I want those windows, so why should I be inconvenienced as a result of his … [Read more...] about DIY mums left fuming after Anglian Home Improvements window salesman ‘tells them to consult with their husbands on what HIS budget is’
TV star Sarah Beeny knows a thing or two about property, and she claims that making certain improvements to a home can add up to 20 per cent to the value of a home.Based on the average UK property price of £220,000, that's an extra £44,000.There are many ways to add value to a property, Sarah says, and while it’s hard to give precise figures as to how much value home improvements add, we have given rough estimations below - based on the average property price in the UK.Here Sarah, who has fronted eight property programmes on British television and is the owner of online estate agent Tepilo, gives her top tips on adding value to your property.1. Add space - spend £30,000 and add up to £44,000 in valueSarah says that adding an extra bedroom can add thousands to the value of your home and a loft conversion is the most simple way to do it.Add an en-suite up there too and you’ll create a spacious master bedroom that will almost certainly … [Read more...] about Property expert Sarah Beeny reveals the five home improvements that could add up to £44k to your home’s value
BANK holidays are a welcome treat for most Brits.If you're planning on taknig the chance for some home improvements, it is important you know what time your local Homebase store is open so you’re not caught short.Homebase will be open on the bank holiday, which is perfect for those wanting to buy a barbecue, garden furniture or tools.On Saturday the stores opened from 7am to 8pm, with Sunday having normal operating hours.The stores will be open from 7am to 8pm on bank holiday Monday.Closing times can vary from store to store, so it's best to check your local branch.You can do this using the store finder on their website.It's important to do this before heading out shopping on the bank holiday to avoid disappointment.And you may want to stock up on those BBQ essentials - it's meant to be a scorcher this weekend.Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a … [Read more...] about Homebase Spring bank holiday opening hours 2017 – what are the May bank holiday Monday store opening times?
TESCO allowed a 'rogue' firm to sell kitchens from inside some of its stores – allegedly ripping customers off for thousands of pounds after failing to deliver their goods.Bosses at Britain's biggest supermarket chain are now investigating following complaints from customers of Home Improvement World, who have been operating at some of their stores.Home Improvement World salesmen set up stands Tesco shoppers inside some of the firm's 2,500 UK stores offering customers up to 40 per cent off designer kitchens.Tesco chiefs have now been forced to issue an apology after admitting that some of the them have been 'operating without permission'.They are also investigating claims “that some customers have not received the services they paid this company for”.A number of shoppers have complained after meeting Home Improvement World salespeople - who work for parent company Amazing Kitchens - inside Tesco stores.One customer, Riz Am, paid £900 for a kitchen from … [Read more...] about Tesco allowed ‘rogue’ firm to sell kitchens from inside some of it stores which then ‘ripped customers off for thousands’
DIY shoppers were shocked to be told their nearest B&Q was 5,000 MILES away after their local hardware store closed.Confused customers were left bemused after a Welsh language blunder led them to believe the store had relocated in the USA.Shoppers who turned up at the Aberysthwyth brance of B&Q were confused to find they would need a trip across the pond for any future home improvements.The company had erected a banner on the closed store at the Parc-y-llyn Retail Park in Llanbadarn letting customers know where the nearest store is after the branch shut down earlier this year.However a mix-up with their Welsh translation seemed to suggest a transatlantic flight would be needed to pick up any DIY goods.The poster read “Rydym wedi symud”, which is Welsh for “we have moved” – so far so good.But it was then followed by the phrase “Dod oh hyd at Unol daleithiau”, which translates as “You can find at United States”.It seems … [Read more...] about Shoppers confused by huge Welsh sign saying store was closing and nearest one was in UNITED STATES
TODAY'S bank holiday will be a chance to catch up on some DIY or go off in search of some flat pack furniture bargains.If you're in need of some home improvement, these are Ikea's opening times for Britain’s next bank holiday – on Monday, August 28.It's a mixed bag when it comes to the bank holiday Monday - with some Ikea stores having reduced opening hours, and other having EXTENDED ones.The Milton Keynes store, for example, will be open from 10am-8pm - instead of its normal hours of 10am-9pm.While the Coventry store has extended its hours to 9am-8pm, instead of its usual 10am-8pm, to give shoppers extra time to browse on their day off.And the Wembley, North London, store will be open from 10am-10pm as usual.Check your closest Ikea's times on the store locator here.Enjoy today as we don't get a break until December 25 – aka Christmas Day.This is followed by the Boxing Day bank holiday on December 26, and New Year’s Day on January 1.The other big … [Read more...] about Ikea August bank holiday opening times 2017 – what are the store’s Monday opening hours?