Screwfix plans to open more than 50 stores this year, creating around 600 new jobs in communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI).
Of the new stores, 40 will be in the UK, creating up to 500 new jobs, with the remaining 10 stores planned in Ireland, creating 100 new jobs. The roles will be in areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisors and will be created by the end of January 2022.
The news came as Screwfix, which currently has 711 stores in the UK and 12 stores in Ireland employing 11,643 people, announced an increase in its overall target for store numbers. It now plans to increase the total number of Screwfix outlets to over 900 in the UK and ROI, up from the previous target of 800. The raised target follows the identification of further opportunities for stores in inner cities and rural catchment areas.
The rapid growth of Screwfix has seen the trade retailer open, on average, one store per week for the last five years. Earlier this year, it announced that it had reached annual sales of £2 billion for the first time, just five years after reaching sales of £1 billion.
A major part of Screwfix’s growth has been its focus on e-commerce, using its stores as fulfilment centres for Click & Collect deliveries which have surged during the pandemic. Screwfix has also launched a brand-new app, with enhanced features based on feedback from its customers.
The growth of Screwfix is supported by Kingfisher, its parent company, whose “Powered by Kingfisher” strategy focuses on empowering its distinct retail banners in key areas such as own exclusive brands development, buying and sourcing, e-commerce, and technology and services.
Screwfix’s growth has led to significant recruitment at the business during the last five years, including welcoming to the team over 1,000 employees aged under 24 last year.
In addition to recruitment, Screwfix is investing in its people. More than 800 members of staff have been promoted internally over the past year, including many who have completed apprenticeships.
Screwfix is also committed to supporting the future generation of the construction trades with its annual competition, Screwfix Trade Apprentice, open to apprentices in the UK and ROI. The winner will walk away with a career-boosting £10k tools, tech and training bundle.
John Mewett, Screwfix CEO, said: “I am incredibly proud of all Screwfix colleagues for their support in continuing to keep our customers supplied safely. We’re delighted to be opening 50 new stores this year, creating 600 jobs. The growing demand for convenience means we now see scope for over 900 stores in the UK & Ireland, which will help our busy customers get their jobs done.
“We know that time is money for our customers and these new stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland enable us to provide our customers with added convenience and certainty, and provide even more job opportunities for local communities when they need it most.”