EH Smith has announced the acquisition of Coventry-based Builders Supply Stores Ltd.

Just like EH Smith, Builders Supply Stores is a family-run business. The company has been trading in Coventry since 1931, and is run by the third generation of the Ballinger family. Builders Supply Stores employs 28 staff over its two sites in Spon End and Aintree Close in Coventry.

EH Smith, which is celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year and currently employs around 450 staff, has kept strong roots in the Birmingham area, with ten of its thirteen trading locations and its Head Office situated in the East and West Midlands.

Mark Setchell, EH Smith’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our colleagues from Builders Supply Stores into the group. The location in Coventry is a natural fit within our existing geography, strengthening our service offering to our customers. We look forward to working closely with them throughout the transition period to ensure this is a smooth process for all staff and customers.”

Julian Ballinger, Director at Builders Supply Stores, said: “Having taken the decision to retire, after running the company for over forty years, the directors felt that EH Smith represented the best future for the business, our staff and customers. We feel comfortable that our organisation is in good hands for many more years to come.”