Wickes buys 13 Focus DIY/garden centre stores

The administrators of the Focus DIY chain have agreed the sale of 13 stores to Wickes Building Supplies, saving 345 jobs in the process.

So far B&Q and Wickes have snapped up Focus branches - image: Focus DIY
So far B&Q and Wickes have snapped up Focus branches - image: Focus DIY

Ernst & Young said it was in "detailed discussions with a number of interested parties" over the sale of further stores.

Focus went into administration earlier this month.

B&Q-owner Kingfisher has already agreed to buy up to 31 stores for £23m.

Ernst & Young said all 178 Focus stores remained open for business.

Since stepping in, "we have been trading at record levels as we have been able to offer very competitive prices across the full product range", said joint administrator Simon Allport.

"We are grateful to all the group's loyal customers, employees and suppliers for their continued support."



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