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Screwfix bringing jobs to Cookstown

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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COOKSTOWN looks set for a jobs boost after hardware giant Screwfix identified Cookstown as next on its list of regional towns where it will establish outlets in a move expected to create around 16 new jobs.
The firm, which is owned by B&Q parent company Kingfisher, expanded its Northern Ireland presence to 11 stores last year, opening new units in Omagh and Belfast's Duncrue Industrial Estate.
An application was submitted to Mid-Ulster District Council on Friday 27th July, for a new store in a 6,000 sq ft unit at 18 Sweep Road, Cookstown.
The plans include changing the current retail warehouse at the unit to a storage/distribution centre with associated trade counter sales area, external alterations and all associated site works.
The potential new store, which would be its second in Co Tyrone, will be located in a small retail park, which is currently home to a number of businesses including long established Cookstown company Turkington Home Furnishings.
The site is just next to the Asda supermarket in the town.
The Council's planning committee are scheduled to meet tonight, Tuesday 7th August to discuss proposals, however due to the backlog, there is no guarantee it will be discussed.
Screwfix currently has three stores in Belfast, as well as outlets in Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Lisburn, Bangor, Newry, Lurgan, Londonderry.
Despite a difficult start to 2018, the DIY catalogue store has continued to be the feather in parent company Kingfisher's hat.
While poor weather was blamed on a nine per cent sales slump at sister company B&Q in the three months to April 30, Screwfix went the other way with a nine per cent improvement in the same period.
Kingfisher also added another 10 Screwfix stores across the UK and Ireland during the first quarter of 2018.
Based in Yeovil, the company started life as the Woodscrew Supply Company in 1979.
It evolved into a mail order catalogue business, before creating its first website in 1999. Kingfisher acquired the company the same year. Screwfix currently has a network of 580 stores across the UK with a further 19 stores in Germany.
Further UK stores are planned to open in the next few years.

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