At last there’s a plausible excuse for all those people who aren’t that keen on a bit of DIY over the weekend – the B&Q the do-it-yourself store on Hadfield Road, Cardiff is to close at the end of May.
From the look of the store – and the crammed car park – potential customers might be forgiven for thinking the DIY mecca was actually shutting up shop tomorrow, but there are still 10 weeks to run before Penarth’s amateur carpenters, plumbers, painters, brickies and sparks can be let off the hook at weekends.
B&Q’s other stores in Cardiff – at Culverhouse Cross and Cardiff Gate, both of which were built after the Hadfield Road branch – are remaining open as normal – but that’s something which reluctant handymen might want to keep to themselves.
As from yesterday March 21st what B&Q calls “a number of standard B&Q services” will no longer be available at Hadfield Road including “TradePoint” cards and B&Q Club Vouchers. The firm also says that any B&Q promotion “advertised elsewhere” will not apply in the Hadfield Road store from now on.
The closure decision comes as part of a scheme announced in September last year to reduce B&Q’s total “selling space” by 15% over the next two years. The firm says that “following a review of retail space requirements in Wales” a total of 9 B&Q stores in Wales – including Hadfield Road – will have closed by January 2017.
The impending closure of B&Q however doesn’t mean Penarth will become a DIY desert – far from it . Penarth’s biggest independent home improvement retailer Wasons’ will continue to be open seven days a week – offering a 1o% discount to senior citizens on Tuesdays and, no doubt, a warm welcome to former B&Q customers.