Screwfix plans to open 50 new stores creating around 600 new jobs across the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Out of the new stores, 40 will be in the UK creating up to 500 new jobs, while the remaining 10 stores planned for Ireland are expected to create 100 new jobs.
The new job roles will include areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisors to be created by the end of January 2022, according to a recent DIY week report.
Screwfix also recently announced a significant increase in its overall target store numbers to over 900 stores in the UK and ROI up from the previous target of 800.
Currently Screwfix has 711 stores in the UK and 12 stores in Ireland employing 11,643 people. The raised target follows the identification of further opportunities for stores in inner cities and rural catchment areas, according to the report. Screwfix’s growth has led to significant recruitment at the business during the last five years, including welcoming over 1,000 colleagues aged under 24 last year.
The new stores will bring Screwfix even closer to its busy tradespeople, many of whom have played a crucial role in keeping homes warm, safe and with power throughout the pandemic, according to the group.
Incredibly, the rapid growth of Screwfix has seen the trade retailer open, on average, one store per week for the last five years. The group also recently announced it had reached annual sales of £2 billion for the first time, just five years after reaching sales of £1 billion, according to the report.
A major part of Screwfix’s growth has been its focus on e- commerce, using its stores as fulfilment centres for Click & Collect deliveries which surged during the pandemic, alongside the launch of its brand-new app, with enhanced features based on feedback from its customers.
Screwfix is closely supported by its parent company Kingfisher, whose ‘Powered by Kingfisher’ strategy focuses on empowering its distinct retail banners in key areas such as exclusive brand development, buying and sourcing, e- commerce, and technology and services.
In addition to recruitment, Screwfix is also investing in its people with more than 800 colleagues promoted internally over the past year, including many colleagues who have completed apprenticeships.
Screwfix is also committed to supporting the future generation of construction trades with its annual competition, Screwfix Trade Apprentice, open to apprentices in the UK and ROI. The winner will walk away with a career-boosting £10k tools, tech and training bundle.
Screwfix Chief Executive Officer John Mewett said he was incredibly proud of all Screwfix colleagues for their support in continuing to keep our customers supplied safely,.
“We are delighted to be opening 50 new stores this year, creating 600 jobs. The growing demand for convenience means we now see scope for over 900 stores in the UK & Ireland, which will help our busy customers get their jobs done. We know that time is money for our customers and these new stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland enable us to provide our customers with added convenience and certainty, and provide even more job opportunities for local communities when they need it most,” he said in the report.