DIY store on brink of closure

A DIY store looks set to close after administrators failed to find a buyer.

Focus DIY went into administration last month putting almost 4,000 jobs at risk and leaving the future of the Hartlepool store and its 15 workers, at the Highpoint Retail Park, unclear.

Since the announcement, the administrators Ernst and Young have been hard at work trying to find buyers for the stores throughout the country.

More than 50 shops in the chain have now been sold off, but as yet Hartlepool’s has not found a buyer.

A closing down sale has now started at the town store, but it is not clear as to when the doors will shut for the final time.

But the administrators say they still hope that the remaining stores will be sold off.

A spokesman for Ernst and Young told the Mail that they are still talking to interested parties.

The administrators said they are currently working through the process of closing down sales and do not know exactly when stores will be shutting down.

One member of staff at Focus, in Hartlepool, told the Mail: “It does look like we are going to be closing down.

“We don’t really know what is happening, we haven’t got any dates or anything like that.

“But it isn’t looking good.”

Although the future does not look great for Focus in Hartlepool, stores in Ashington and Darlington were bought in the recent transactions.

B&M Homestore has conditionally agreed to buy 11 of the stores, Wickes Building Supplies 13, and Kingfisher PLC as many as 31 of the stores.

Focus customers with any queries on orders they have made are told to call 0800 436436 or (01270) 503454.

Alternatively, customers can email focusinfo@uk.ey.com