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Bunnings Warehouse opens ninth store

Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors to its ninth store today (Wednesday October 25). The new branch is in Weston-super-Mare, on the site of the former Homebase at Queensway Centre on Bristol Road in Worle. Measuring 76,000sq ft, it offers more than 30,000 home improvement and garden products. Services include …

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Housewares trio features in Boswells’ ‘fantastic brands’ list

Oxford department store Boswells has compiled a list of the 10 oldest labels on its shelves – all of which are well over 150 years old. Boswells, which has been trading since 1738, is the Oxfordshire city’s largest independent department store. It specialises in housewares, gifts, linens, luggage, cosmetics, pharmacy …

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Sainsbury’s extends one-hour delivery service

Following a successful trial in September, Sainsbury’s is rolling out its one-hour delivery service, called Chop Chop. The trial covered stores in the central London area of Pimlico and the south London area of Wandsworth. The service has now been extended to customers in five more London boroughs across Zone …

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New Nigella series starts on Monday

TV cook Nigella Lawson is back on TV next week with a brand new show. The six-part series ‘Nigella: At My Table’ kicks off on Monday (October 30) on BBC Two at 8.30pm. The broadcaster said: “In her latest series, Nigella shares the food she cooks for family and friends. …

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Bira expands to membership to health stores

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has extended its membership to the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS). Founded in 1931, NAHS is run by its members and supported by patrons and associates. It provides specialist support and representation for independent health stores. Bira said: ‘With over 30 services available …

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Debenhams opens new Wolverhampton store

Debenhams opened a new department store in Wolverhampton last Thursday (October 12). The 93,000sq ft branch, located at the Mander Shopping Centre in the heart of the West Midlands town, offers home, fashion and beauty over three floors. Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club star Jody Craddock, Wolverhampton Mayor Elias Masih Mattu …

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John Lewis weekly sales dip 4.7%

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday October 21) totalled £86.7 million: down 4.7% on last year. The department store group’s head of shop trade for Scotland and North Barry Matheson attributed the performance to “the continuing mild weather”. He said Home sales were down 6.6% on the …

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Sales of wines, beers and spirits soar at Waitrose

Total sales for Waitrose, excluding fuel, were up 2.5% last week (to Saturday September 21) on last year, helped by online sales and a strong performance in wines, beers and spirits. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst said online sales were up 23% compared with the same week …

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Deadline extended to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018!

We know how busy you are so we’ve given you a little bit of extra time to get your Housewares Innovation Awards entries in. We can now accept retailer entries and nominations to Thursday November 2 and supplier entries to Friday October 27. But please note that this will be …

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Watson Home Hardware wins cookshop window dressing competition

Watson Home Hardware of Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire has won a cookshop window dressing competition run by wholesaler Home Hardware. Abbotts DIY of Ottery St. Mary in Devon and Danum Home Hardware of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, were joint runners up. The contest was introduced this year to support Home Hardware’s …

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