B&Q - B & Q Superstores Information
& Q, browse through or search quickly and effectively
through the online catalogue of the UK's largest DIY and garden
centre retailer. Offering over 45,000 home improvement and garden
products keep and eye out for their current special offers and
special online reductions.
B & Q Brief History
Established in 1969 by Richard Block and David Quayle who wanted
to offer building and home improvement supplies that would be
less intimidating to the DIY enthusiast. The first B&Q
store (in Southampton) named after the surnames of the two business
partners was soon shortened to B&Q. By offering a broad range
of building and DIY products at value prices and by extending
retail hours their success led to subsequent expansion. In the
early 1980's their current chain of B&Q stores and
brand name were acquired by the Kingfisher group. Since then the
chain has continued to expand. B & Q leads the UK and
European market share for DIY retail and is globally the third
largest. Further interesting figures about the company include:
2004/5 annual turnover of over £4 billion
2004/5 profit over £400 million
Retail space equates to over 20 million square feet
Employees number over 35,000
Products offered number over 45,000
There are just under 400 B&Q stores across the globe. 60
of these are international the remainder are based in the UK.
Of these over 110 are BQ warehouse stores which are the
large out-of-town stores that stock most of the full range of
DIY and gardening goods, there are also approximately 70 mini-warehouses.
The majority of the stores that make up the rest of their retail
stock however are the smaller B&Q superstore.
In 2001 B&Q launched their own web site for home purchasing
and delivery of B&Q stock. The B&Q web site offers
a wonderful array of their DIY and garden products as well as
their latest offers, specials and clearance items. The online
store offers a simple yet effective search facility or you can
browse through their departments for home improvement ideas. Customer
favourite departments include bathrooms, bedrooms, doors, fires,
kitchens (including their interactive kitchen planner),
loungers, mowers, playhouses and radiators.
For the widest selection of DIY & gardening products, safe
and secure shopping online B&Q.