Watford Homebase to close, premises set to become The Range

Watford Homebase to close, premises set to become The Range

Watford Homebase to close, premises set to become The Range

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The Homebase store in Watford is closing down, with the premises set to become The Range.

Homebase in St Albans Road will shut on a date yet to be confirmed following a "consultation with colleagues".

The store is looking to find other job opportunities for its current staff.

Adam Manning, spokesman for Homebase, said: "Following a period of consultation with colleagues, we have announced that the Homebase store in St Albans Road, Watford will close, with a date yet to be confirmed.

"The store lease is transferring to retailer The Range subject to planning and landlord consents, who will invite all Homebase Watford colleagues for an interview to work in their new store.

"Where possible we will also look for opportunities for colleagues at nearby Homebase and Argos stores."

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4:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

D_Penn says...

The timing of this announcement is a bit odd.

The Home Retail Group, owners of Homebase and Argos, are just in the process of considering selling off the Homebase element of the business as the whole chain across the UK only managed a derisory profit of £10 million last year on a turnover of £1.5 billion. They consider that a sell off would release cash that could be put to better use elsewhere.

Perhaps the Watford store looks pretty bad on the balance sheet and they want rid of it pre-sale. It's a real shame for the staff though, but perhaps The Range will offer many of them work as it is a similar operation to Homebase.
The timing of this announcement is a bit odd. The Home Retail Group, owners of Homebase and Argos, are just in the process of considering selling off the Homebase element of the business as the whole chain across the UK only managed a derisory profit of £10 million last year on a turnover of £1.5 billion. They consider that a sell off would release cash that could be put to better use elsewhere. Perhaps the Watford store looks pretty bad on the balance sheet and they want rid of it pre-sale. It's a real shame for the staff though, but perhaps The Range will offer many of them work as it is a similar operation to Homebase. D_Penn
  • Score: 6

4:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Keefer says...

More's the pity, I always felt they sold better quality products than that other big local D.I.Y chain.
More's the pity, I always felt they sold better quality products than that other big local D.I.Y chain. Keefer
  • Score: 17

5:14pm Mon 28 Jul 14

LuthersLoveChild says...

Keefer wrote:
More's the pity, I always felt they sold better quality products than that other big local D.I.Y chain.
hideously overpriced though, i've only been there twice in the last 5 years, both emergencies. Other shops have better offerings (screwfix for example)
[quote][p][bold]Keefer[/bold] wrote: More's the pity, I always felt they sold better quality products than that other big local D.I.Y chain.[/p][/quote]hideously overpriced though, i've only been there twice in the last 5 years, both emergencies. Other shops have better offerings (screwfix for example) LuthersLoveChild
  • Score: 17

6:21pm Mon 28 Jul 14

johnhornet says...

Not surprising. Its only good at two things, plants and being expensive.
Not surprising. Its only good at two things, plants and being expensive. johnhornet
  • Score: 13

6:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

johnhornet wrote:
Not surprising. Its only good at two things, plants and being expensive.
They do offer an alternative location away from the congestion around Bushey Arches which will increase when Waitrose comes on steam to add to the retail choice in that location.

I've always found the Homebase staff helpful but unfortunately B & Q is a very big competitor with it's one stop DIY shopping range.
[quote][p][bold]johnhornet[/bold] wrote: Not surprising. Its only good at two things, plants and being expensive.[/p][/quote]They do offer an alternative location away from the congestion around Bushey Arches which will increase when Waitrose comes on steam to add to the retail choice in that location. I've always found the Homebase staff helpful but unfortunately B & Q is a very big competitor with it's one stop DIY shopping range. Cuetip
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Mon 28 Jul 14

watfordrick says...

Bit gutted easy pickings for lifting !
Bit gutted easy pickings for lifting ! watfordrick
  • Score: -26

7:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Feel Coax says...

At least the site is considered as being viable commercially. For that we should be pleased. At least it wont be left vacant to become derelict and there wil hopefully be jobs for those currently employed there
At least the site is considered as being viable commercially. For that we should be pleased. At least it wont be left vacant to become derelict and there wil hopefully be jobs for those currently employed there Feel Coax
  • Score: 10

8:12am Tue 29 Jul 14

Sipowell69 says...

From their own website:

About UsThe Range is recognized for its unique variety with more than 65,000 quality products across 16 departments including; DIY, Homewares, Furniture, Lighting, Arts & Crafts and Garden. The Ranges’ ethos is to present mid-price home, leisure and garden products, drawing together everything that could be needed for a stylish home, all at affordable prices.

The Range continues to evolve, with stores stretching all across the UK. The Range has also diversified into property, manufacturing, waste management, shop-fitting and dry cleaning and financial management with the launch of The Money-range. The Range will continue to endeavor to offer quality products at affordable prices.

Originally CDS Superstores, The Range originated in the markets of the Southwest and was founded by Plymouth-based entrepreneur Chris Dawson. He started business in 1980 as an open air market trader and from these humble roots; The Range has grown with the company opening the first superstore at Sugar Mill Business Park in Plymouth in 1989
From their own website: About UsThe Range is recognized for its unique variety with more than 65,000 quality products across 16 departments including; DIY, Homewares, Furniture, Lighting, Arts & Crafts and Garden. The Ranges’ ethos is to present mid-price home, leisure and garden products, drawing together everything that could be needed for a stylish home, all at affordable prices. The Range continues to evolve, with stores stretching all across the UK. The Range has also diversified into property, manufacturing, waste management, shop-fitting and dry cleaning and financial management with the launch of The Money-range. The Range will continue to endeavor to offer quality products at affordable prices. Originally CDS Superstores, The Range originated in the markets of the Southwest and was founded by Plymouth-based entrepreneur Chris Dawson. He started business in 1980 as an open air market trader and from these humble roots; The Range has grown with the company opening the first superstore at Sugar Mill Business Park in Plymouth in 1989 Sipowell69
  • Score: 1

8:36am Tue 29 Jul 14

not a regular says...

DIY store apparently unviable, DIY store to take its place.
DIY store apparently unviable, DIY store to take its place. not a regular
  • Score: 5

11:16am Tue 29 Jul 14

Maclanx says...

Use this transition to build a roundabout and link to Imperial/Colonial Way and put in pedestrian access to Staples/TK Maxx (there genuinely isn't any).

The car wash is up for offer as well, just do it.
Use this transition to build a roundabout and link to Imperial/Colonial Way and put in pedestrian access to Staples/TK Maxx (there genuinely isn't any). The car wash is up for offer as well, just do it. Maclanx
  • Score: 18

9:53am Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Homebase was overly expensive, the one time I went to a Range store it seemed more reasonable so maybe their business plan makes a store there more viable or maybe even a modest profit is enough for them where it is not for Homebase and its owners?

I hope that homebase staff can find new jobs at the new store when it opens
Homebase was overly expensive, the one time I went to a Range store it seemed more reasonable so maybe their business plan makes a store there more viable or maybe even a modest profit is enough for them where it is not for Homebase and its owners? I hope that homebase staff can find new jobs at the new store when it opens garston tony
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Leavesdenlad says...

Lets hope it gets rid of that slimy parking company they use to try and fleece you for over £100 for parking in Homebase and sending out over a dozen threatening letters.

If many other people got these then no wonder they don't have enough business. They lost out on a kitchen and two bathrooms because of that.... and no, I didn't pay that totally unenforceable "fine" either.
Lets hope it gets rid of that slimy parking company they use to try and fleece you for over £100 for parking in Homebase and sending out over a dozen threatening letters. If many other people got these then no wonder they don't have enough business. They lost out on a kitchen and two bathrooms because of that.... and no, I didn't pay that totally unenforceable "fine" either. Leavesdenlad
  • Score: 5

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