The DIY retailer says it will open 25 warehouse stores in 2001, each employing up to 250 people. This will create 4,000 jobs next year.
The company, owned by Kingfisher, currently has 55 warehouse outlets, which each provide sales of about £25m a year. By 2004, B&Q wants to own 125 warehouse stores. If these targets are met this would create an additional 10,000 jobs.
B&Q also has 250 supercentres, but these will be maintained at current levels. The retailer leads the DIY market with a 23 per cent share.
By Mike Broad