Readers have had their say on the plans to close Hartlepool’s B&Q store.
Dozens of workers at the store on the Tees Bay Retail Park, in Brenda Road, face an uncertain future after it was revealed the store is set to close next year.
Staff at the DIY chain have been told the branch is planned for the axe from next April.
The Hartlepool store is one of 60 planned branch closures nationwide after a drop in profits and as part of a major restructuring by B&Q’s parent company Kingfisher.
The retail chain has not revealed how many people work at the Hartlepool store, but says they will try to find jobs for as many staff as possible to other branches and elsewhere in the company, which also owns building supply chain Screwfix.
Readers have spoken out about the situation on the Mail’s website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk
Roger Waters said: “Turn the lights off Hartlepool is dead.”
Seaton wrote: “Never good to see any one lose their employment but two factors keep me away from B&Q,
1) It’s expensive,
2) They sell a lot of their stuff in multi packs, need half a dozen screws, they come in packs of twenty plus. I can go to Stranton DIY and buy them loose. There are loads of builders/plumbing merchants in the town who are more competitive than B&Q, B&Q have only one advantage over them, they open on a Sunday.”
dpdd commented: “B+Q profits are down as they are not very competitive in pricing. You have to spend five quid on a pack of screws when you only want a couple. The discount shops sell cheaper paint and wallpaper so B+Q need to overhaul their retail tactics before just axing the stores.”
Bob ty stated: “Hartlepool goin to end up as no mans land everything goin kaput reckon it’s more than a vision needed more a miracle to think how much it had goin steelworks fish quay etc it’s tragic how it’s all gone.”
Deker said: “To be fair to B&Q when that store opened back in 1987 the plans for the Teesbay retail park were pretty impressive, in the initial layout for the site there was meant to be a cinema (opposite Halfords) and a whole load of other big name stores lined up, none of it really happened and the cinema plot is still just flattened dolomite, maybe if more effort had been put in to attracting other stores they would have had better sales over the years, the recent addition of The Range and Home Bargains have attracted a lot more people shoppers but obviously too late.”
Phil Swales wrote: “Yet one more thing taken away. Another nail in the coffin.”