TV sports presenter and reporter Hayley McQueen put Glasgow’s tradesmen to the test at Stax Trade Centres’ latest store launch this week.

Stax Trade Centres, which has been supplying the trade for over 30 years, launched its first Glasgow store with a range of challenges designed to test the skills of Glasgow’s finest tradesmen.

David Hibbert, joint managing director at Stax Trade Centres, said: “We’ve had our sights set on a Glasgow store for some time and along with our existing Edinburgh offering, we’re confident the new store will allow us to cater for the whole of the Scottish market.

“We’ve invested heavily in the area and in its people to provide a wide range of quality and affordable products and services to trade customers.”

“We have employed 81 members of staff at the Glasgow store so far, and we expect to employ in excess of 100 local residents in total within the next 12 months.”

Stax, which sells electrical, plumbing, bathroom, kitchen, decorating, tools, housewares and gardening products, has invested £5 million into the 80,000 sq ft store, situated three miles from the city centre, on a former distribution site on Easter Queenslie Road Industrial Estate.

Ms McQueen said: “Stax’s latest store is great news for Glasgow’s tradesmen and a welcome boost for local employment. The atmosphere of the opening day and interactive challenges reflect the business’ positive ethos, offering customers a chance to show off their expert trade skills.”

The dual-purpose Glasgow branch will act as both a cash and carry and distribution centre to fulfill customers’ orders.