Two new builders’ merchant branches have opened following a £9 million investment.

Sovini Trades Supplies’ new stores are in Eccles and Ellesmere Port in the North West, and have created 11 jobs in the area.

This follows a £9 million deal with property services giant Liberty Group.

The firm, which is part of parent company The Sovini Group, already has three branches, including its original branch in Aintree, Liverpool. It says it plans to open more stores in the UK in the next few years.

Director Anita Harrison-Carroll said: “I am delighted to announce the company’s recent expansion which has created local employment opportunities and scope for business development across the wider region.

“We are looking forward to welcoming new businesses to our supply chain as we explore more opportunities across the North West and wider.”