Selco, one of the sector’s major stockists, has big ambitions for 2017 with two new branches opened in the New Year of “the company’s biggest year of expansion in its history”.
Following its self-stated ambitions to have branches in every major UK town and city, the firm has opened new branches in Croydon and Wembley, taking the number of UK branches to 47 and cementing its presence in the capital.
New branches in the coming months will see the total exceed 50, with Beckton, Crayford, Cardiff, Warrington, Camberley and Guildford slated for launch.
Selco stocks a huge range of screws, nails and fixings from some of what it said “are the biggest names in the trade”. Branches offer an in-branch café, trade services, direct-to-site delivery options and van size parking spaces.
“2017 was always highlighted as a major year in our expansion plan and opening two branches so early is the perfect start,” said Chris Cunliffe, Selco chief executive.
“Selco is firmly the first destination for building materials for tradespeople in London and we are continuing to provide comprehensive branch coverage in the capital city. There is plenty of hard work ahead of us this year as we look to spread the Selco offering and message far and wide and provide the best possible service to all our existing and new customers.
“The target is to open at least 10 branches this year which will enable us to continue our growth at a fast rate.”
The new South Croydon branch has opened on Imperial Way while Yeats Close, off Great Central Way, is Selco’s Wembley base.
In opening the new branches, Selco has emphasised its commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates by awarding £1,000 to three charities in each area. The beneficiaries were Disability Croydon, Croydon Carers, 1 Voice Community and the Sickle Cell Society, while Selco awarded further £1,000 grants to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Croydon and Wembley. Macmillan Cancer Support is the nominated charity of Selco Builders Warehouse, with the company raising more than £365,000 for its partner over the last four years.