In addition to the opening of a Grant & Stone plumbers’ merchant and bathroom showroom in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, IBMG’s plumbing and heating division will be opening branches in Bedford and Bletchley in early 2022, with further branches planned throughout the year.
The new 10,000 ft2 Abingdon branch offers an extensive range of plumbing and heating supplies supported by expert, specialist advice; ample warehousing, to mitigate possible supply issues and allow for further growth; plus a showroom displaying a comprehensive range of quality bathroom fitting and bathroom products from leading designers.
The opening is the result of IBMG’s site selection and branch launch strategy, which is specifically designed to complete gaps in its branch network. It continues IBMG’s strategy of developing its divisions through a combination of new site development, acquisition and organic growth.
Matt Bland, Managing Director of IBMG’s plumbing and heating division, explained, “Grant & Stone have a strong presence in and around Oxford and across the Thames Valley. However, we noted that Abingdon and its surrounding area was seriously underserved and that flagged an opportunity for us.
“We were fortunate to be able to appoint a great local manager in Chris Wiskin and together, we built the branch based on his knowledge of the local community’s requirements. Although the Group has grown, we remain fiercely independent in our approach, outlook and dealings with customers – it is the reason for our success.”