Travis Perkins: Grays branch safe as builders’ merchants set to close 30 branches

THE UK’s biggest builders merchant, Travis Perkins, is closing 30 branches, putting 600 jobs at risk reports the BBC.The company, which employs 28,000 people and has 2,060 stores, said it was taking the steps due to an “uncertain UK outlook” for next year.But a spokesperson for the company has told YT that the branch at Seally Road in Grays is safe.Their most recent report makes reference to the Tilbury centre.It states: “The three heavyside range centres in Warrington, Cardiff and Tilbury have continued to perform well with strong customer uptake of the extended range of 3,000 heavyside and timber products available for next day delivery and the additional 3,000 products available within 48 hours”.Profits will also be lower than expected this year due to weak sales in its plumbing and heating division.The firm is closing branches of Travis Perkins, Benchmarx, BSS and PTS, but not its DIY store Wickes.Chief executive John Carter said it was “still too early to predict customer demand in 2017 with certainty”.”Given this uncertainty we will be closing over 30 branches and making further efficiency driven changes in the supply chain.”The 600 affected workers have been told of the changes, while the firm is also closing 10 smaller distribution centres and writing off IT equipment.

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