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Council pledges to support B&Q Stratford

B&Q Stratford

Stratford District Council has said it will support B&Q in its efforts to secure a new site in the area if it is forced to move from its existing store.

B&Q's Stratford store has been in the town for 27 years but is at risk of demolition because the landowner wants to convert the store into three smaller units.

The decision was taken at a meeting of senior councillors and B&Q representatives on Monday following a motion put forward by councillors in October. 

B&Q is actually seeking a larger site than the one in the Maybird Centre, and it has been suggested that a 6.8 acre site in the canal quarter could be a viable option.

Jane Sell, head of public relations at B&Q, told local press that B&Q was in negotiations with the landlord of the Maybird Centre building to extend the lease on a temporary basis.

She added: "We absolutely want to stay here and want to invest and expand the operation. We want to provide more jobs at a time when we’re faced with potential job losses.

“This was a plea to the council to help save B&Q. We would like to stay there as long as we can while in the process of trying to find another site.”

District Council leader, Councillor Chris Saint, said: “We welcome the commitment of B&Q and hope to work with them find a site. They may find a site independently of the council, and we would deal with any planning issues in an expeditious manner.”

Source : Insight DIY

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16 November 2016

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