Screwfix to open 40 new stores creating 400 new jobs

Despite the global impact of Covid-19, Screwfix plans to open 40 stores this year which will create around 400 new jobs in local communities.

30 new stores are planned to open in the UK and 10 new stores will open in the Republic of Ireland by the end of January 2021. The 30 UK stores will create up to 300 jobs in areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles and the ROI stores will create up to 160 jobs over the same period.

John Mewett, Screwfix CEO said: “Throughout the coronavirus crisis customer and colleague safety has been our number one priority. I am incredibly proud of all Screwfix colleagues for their support in continuing to provide our customers with the products they need to keep homes warm, safe and with power. The growing demand for convenience means we’re opening more stores to help our busy customers get their jobs done. We know that time is money for our customers and these new stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland will not only enable us to provide our customers with added convenience and certainty, but also allow us to provide even more job opportunities for local communities when they need it most.”

Screwfix’s rapid growth has seen the trade retailer open at least 50 stores a year for the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK. With more than 680 stores in the UK, the company hopes to reach a target of 800 stores in the UK.

It currently has five stores in the ROI some of which opened earlier this year, however moving forward, it plans to open up to 40 stores in the coming years which will in turn create close to 400 more jobs.