Bunnings shifts Homebase offices

Homebase has announced that it is moving its Store Support Centre function to Witan Gate House, Milton Keynes in December.

Homebase managing director PJ Davis said: "It has always been our intention to stay within the Milton Keynes area and it will be great to have our own offices and continue to work towards building strong foundations for our business."

The office is currently shared with Argos, which is now owned by Sainsbury's since the break up of Home Retail Group this year and the sale of Homebase to Wesfarmers for £340m.

Homebase's Australian owner Wesfarmers announced yesterday that its last quarter sales for its Bunnings UK business were at £320m, and transactions were up 8.7 per cent.

Wesfarmers will rename Homebase as Bunnings next year and four-to-six pilot Bunnings Warehouse stores situated "north of London" will open between February 2017 - at the start of the gardening season - and the end of the financial year on 30 June 2017.

The first quarter marked the fifth, sixth and seventh months of ownership of the Homebase business and trading "continued to be steady".

Wesfarmers added in its release of results for the first quarter of its financial year: "There is a strong focus within the business on continuing to transition core ranges across to home improvement and garden products. Pleasing progress is being made with this work."

Home improvement division chief executive officer John Gillam said the implementation of new pricing, marketing and operational strategies within Homebase is achieving results "in line with plans".


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