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B&Q's Penzance store to close

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A spokesperson from the company confirmed it is set to shut next year and staff are understood to have been told on Tuesday March 31.

A former staff member, who did not want to be named, said: "It's such a shame for Penzance. The shop was packed recently, now I guess people will have to go to Camborne."

Owners of the DIY chain, Kingfisher, announced earlier this month that it would be closing up to 60 stores over the next two years, as part of a restructuring process said to put 3,000 jobs at risk.

It is hoped 1,500 staff will be moved to other B&Q stores and a further 900 staff to Screwfix, which is also owned by Kingfisher.

The Cornishman understands the Penzance branch could be closed by January 2016. It is not yet known what will happen to the building once trading has ceased. There are around 50 people currently employed there.

A B&Q spokesperson commented: "We can confirm we have now informed staff at the Penzance store about the closure planned for next year."

It will join stores in Birmingham, Southampton, Dundee, Mansfield, Hyde and Barnsley which will also close next year.

Source : CMJason - The Cornishman

08 April 2015

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