Boost for Bourne’s trade as supply firm Screwfix opens

The new Screwfix store in CherryHolt Square
The new Screwfix store in CherryHolt Square
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Hardware and building supply firm Screwfix has opened a store in Bourne, bringing 14 jobs to the town and filling an empty shop unit.

The supply firm has moved into an industrial unit in Cherry Holt Square, off Cherry Holt Road.

The new store opened its doors on Monday and Screwfix has been training new staff and systems on the job this week.

Six of the new jobs created are full time positions.

A grand opening event will be held on Thursday where there will be live music and a competition to win a television.

Each customer will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Branch manager Lee Cowles said it was exciting to be opening a new store and bringing jobs to the area.

He added: “Most people have welcomed us to the area.

“A lot of people have been really pleased that we are open because they say they have been travelling to Peterborough and Spalding to get what we sell until now.”

Screwfix will have two counters, one trade counter aimed at local builders and related services, such as plumbers and electricians, and another for the public.

The property is owned by Rutland Estates. Director Henry Wells said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is a major enhancement to the town offering a wider range of products to the people of Bourne.

“Following the expansion of the town it is important to attract companies like Screwfix.

“It is great to encourage a wide range of business to the town.”

The store’s opening hours will be from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

The property has 10 dedicated on-site parking spaces.

Screwfix Direct has applied to South Kesteven District Council for planning permission to change the use of an industrial unit to allow storage and distribution as well as a trade counter.

Bourne Town Council highways and planning committee gave its 
unanimous consent to the project at a meeting on Tuesday.

Coun David Mapp said: “Screwfix is a brilliant operation to have in Bourne and I believe we should approve it with no objections.”

The application has not yet been considered by the district counci.

Rutland Estates still has one large retail unit available in Cherry Holt Square.