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B&Q founder David Quayle leaves 4.4m in his will

B&Q co-founder David Quayle left £4.4million in his will. Mr Quayle, 73, who died of a heart attack in April, opened his first DIY store in 1969 with his brother-in-law Richard Block.

The Southampton store began as Block and Quayle, but soon became B&Q, the abbreviation used by suppliers on deliveries and invoices.

Mr Quayle and Mr Block paid themselves £90 a month each and worked a six-day week.
They opened up further stores as customers flocked to buy cheap paint, shelving and tools.

Mr Block left B&Q in 1976, but Mr Quayle stayed before selling out to Woolworths four years later.

Mr Quayle, of Winchester, ran a pottery, a video-rental business, an art gallery and his own charitable foundation.

Probate records reveal that he left the bulk of his estate in trust for his second wife Chrissie and children.

Source : The Mail on-line

01 August 2010
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