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B&Q to pull out of Craigavon with 80 jobs set to go

B&Q Craigavon

DIY giant B&Q has revealed it will close its store in Craigavon, county Armagh.

The Highfield Road store is one of five stores across Northern Ireland facing the chop with two stores in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry already earmarked for closure.

It’s understood that Ballymena and Sprucefield, along with Craigavon will also be affected.

Around 80 jobs are set to be lost at the Craigavon store.

B&Q confirmed “that it proposes to move its business to four store locations in Northern Ireland by January 2017, with the closure of five stores”.

Diarmuid Walsh, B&Q’s divisional director for Northern Ireland B&Q said: “B&Q has served the people of Northern Ireland for 26 years and the decision to reshape our store network in the region has been a hard one to make, however it forms an important part of our mission to reinvent home improvement for the modern age.

B&Q Craigavon

B&Q Craigavon

“We remain committed to our customers here and will be investing to offer an enhanced range of home improvement essentials at the four remaining B&Q stores as well as online at diy.com.

“This now offers over 40,000 home improvement products with the convenience of being delivered to the customer’s home or to their local store, through our Click & Collect service.

“Over the coming months, we will be focused on redeploying as many colleagues impacted by these changes as we can.”

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