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B&Q: Bangor, Llandudno, Rhyl and Wrexham stores will not close in this financial year

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DIY giant has given around 200 staff at the four stores reassurances about the coming financial year but doubts remain beyond that date.

DIY giant B&Q has revealed that the future of four of its North Wales stores are safe - for now.

Parent company Kingfisher, which also owns Screwfix, announced in March it was to cut as many as 60 stores in the UK.

This put the future of stores in Bangor, Llandudno, Rhyl, Queensferry and Wrexham in doubt.

In April they confirmed that the store in Queensferry would close but remained tight lipped on the future of the other outlets, which employ around 200 staff.

Now they say the stores are not planned for closure in this financial year.

A B&Q spokeswoman said: “Staff at the Rhyl, Llandudno, Bangor and Wrexham stores have been told that their store is not a store planned for closure this financial year.”

There was no further information beyond those dates and B&Q said in March that the cuts will take place over two years.

The closure of the Queensferry store on Deeside Retail Park will affect around 40 workers.

It will take place next year and B&Q have said they will try to re-deploy as many staff as possible.

Last year, rival DIY chain Homebase said it would close a quarter of its stores - about 80 outlets - in the period up to early 2018.

This has included the Holyhead store and the shop at Llandudno is also due to close with plans to replace it with a B&M store.

Kingfisher said it expects to offset the B&Q jobs impact by opening a similar number of shops at sister business Screwfix and through redeployment.

Source: Owen Hughes - Daily Post

02 July 2015

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