Monday 22 July 2019 1:57 pm

Homebase buys Bathstore out of administration

Homebase has bought Bathstore out of administration, however, hundreds of jobs remain at risk as 124 stores are facing closure. 

The company will take over 44 branches and the Bathstore website, and plans to open a “significant” number of concessions within its own stores over the next 18 months.

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Bathstore appointed BDO as administrators last month. The retailer collapsed after the then owner – American billionaire Warren Stephens – refused to inject more cash into the business to keep it afloat. 

Homebase chief executive Damian McGloughlin said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bathstore into the Homebase family. 

“With a reputation for quality service and excellent products, Bathstore compliments Homebases’s reinvigorated range.”

Homebase has faced its own struggles over the last few years. The home improvement retailer is one year into a rescue plan after it was bought from Australian brand Wesfarmers by turnaround specialist Hilco Capital for £1 last year. 

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However, in February last year the company reported a 86.6 per cent drop in profits following an unsuccessful attempt to rebrand the DIY chain as Bunnings. 

McGloughlin added that Homebase’s turnaround plan was on track.

“As a result of the hard work of the Homebase team, our turnaround is ahead of plan. While we still have a significant amount of work to do, the customer response to our new ranges has been very encouraging and we are on track to break even this year against a loss of over £100m last year.” 

Bathstore branches acquired by Homebase
Aylesbury
Basildon
Braintree
Bristol
Bristol Filton
Burton Upon Trent
Cardiff
Cheadle
Chester Saltney
Chesterfield
Christchurch
Crawley
Edinburgh Morningside
Enfield
Glasgow Central
Guildford
Harlow
Hayward’s Heath
Hereford
High Wycombe
Hitchin
Hull
Huntingdon
Ipswich
Jesmond
Mainstone
Milton Keynes
Newbury
Newcastle Under Lyme
North Finchley
Norwich
Plymouth
Reading
Richmond
Ruislip
St Austell
Stirling
Surbiton
Sutton
Tunbridge Wells
Vauxhall
Walton on Thames
Wandsworth
Warrington
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