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 Post subject: No more bunnings
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Guess I won't be getting a bunnings here after all :cb
Rather disappointing really.


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Why disappointing? Its only a re-badged home-base

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The Aussies really cocked up one of the biggest uk overseas buy out cock ups, behind HP and Autonomy
https://www.smh.com.au/business/compani ... 4zhg4.html
Hilco will turn it around financially and stabilise sales and then sell it in whole or in part asap, not good for staff. They are planning to revert the recently converted Bunnings stores to the Homebase format.


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someone-else wrote:
Why disappointing? Its only a re-badged home-base


The ones that were re-branded were selling way better stuff than homebase ever did at realistic prices too.


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Shame, really. Bunnings were pricing more sharply and there was a major improvement in the quality and range of goods stocked. A return to Homebase as it was would be a retrograde step and might turn Homebase into another Focus (remember them?). Hopefully that won't be the case

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It will go the way for focus, Do It All and Texas (homecare)

Its a tough market, margins are ultra tight


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Bob225 wrote:
It will go the way for focus, Do It All and Texas (homecare)

Its a tough market, margins are ultra tight


You forgot Payless.......

[Aside] I remember when Mr. Block & Mr. Quayle opened a hardware shop in a disused cinema in a suburb of Southampton, 1969. How things change in 50 years.

The building is now a Machine Mart and the B&Q is opposite on the other side of the road. B&Q's massive HQ at Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, is only 3 or 4 miles away from where it all started. [/Aside]


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Bob225 wrote:
It will go the way for focus, Do It All and Texas (homecare)

Wasn't Texas bought by Homebase? Didn't Focus start out as a managed buy-out of part of Do-It-All then buy out the rest?

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You forgot Payless.......

And their decidely 1970s mustard yellow and brown decor? Never! They were originally Marley Homecare (and oddly also started out in Southampton - must be something in the water round there). Eventualy merged with Do-It-All, I believe.

TBH I'm surprised that Wickes is still going - although for a while they were owned by Focus as well, before Travis-Perkins bought them

Looks like we are on track for a 2-warehouse market in the future - B&Poo and Wickes. What fe=gets me is that with the highish prices these places charge, why is it that so many of them have faiued to make a profit?

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It won't be Homebase either. It was brought out by a company that knows how to run businesses in the modern climate-against the web.

With b and q selling more and more unbranded stuff (most of these brands lila magnassun, hep2o, no nonsense, etc etc are just there own brand...trash from china) at outrageous prices, there is hope for the future of Homebase.


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It's hard to make a profit even with highly inflated prices because they are catering to small jobs. Anyone doing anything decent sized will go else where and of course with the almost universal access now to screwfix and toolstation they are missing out on a lot of sales.

Running those big shops is much more expensive than running a screwfix for example and timber yard will always beat them on price too.


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timber wise our local independent is always busy as they are cheaper and much, much higher quality


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