Is your local Homebase closing down?

Full list of stores due to shut


Homebase store

January is often the time of year when families start to tackle DIY jobs around the home, but come the New Year, you may find yourself without a local Homebase - let alone a Boxing Day sale.

That's because the mammoth homewares chain, which was taken over by Bunnings Warehouse last February, is about to be rebranded - a move that will see a further nine branches shut over the next few months.

Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, which owns Bunnings, bought out Homebase in spring 2016 - it's now part way through a 'pilot scheme' that will, if all goes to plan, see Homebase wiped out of the UK's high street, entirely.

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The UK's first Homebase to Bunnings conversion took place in St Albans back in February. It was transformed into Bunnings Warehouse after being closed for business for renovations works.

The store was a success, with customers reportedly giving it the "thumbs up," according to local media.

Since, then, more Bunnings Warehouse stores have popped up across the country with Homebase branches in Hemel Hempstead, Folkestone, Sittingbourne and Worle also undergoing refits.

More recently a branch in Harlow, Essex, opened on 1 November 2017 under the new trading name of 'Bunnings Warehouse'.

Now, additional pilot stores are under development, with a number of other branches due to be ticked off the list in the near future.

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Homebase stores that have already closed down

  • Worle opened on 25 October 2017

  • Basildon opened on 10 October 2017

  • Sittingbourne opened on 27 September 2017

  • Broadstairs opened on 12 September 2017

  • Folkestone opened on 25 July 2017

  • Milton Keynes opened on 29 June 217

  • Hemel Hempstead opened on 18 June 2017

  • St Albans - Hatfield Road opened on 12 April 2017

  • St Albans- Griffiths Way opened on 2 February 2017

Homebase stores that are closing down

The following branches are due to close before the end of 2017, and will open in the New Year under the new trading name.

Stores opening by the end of the year:

  • Basingstoke

  • Rotherham

  • Bicester

These are the branches due to shut next year - the firm has not yet indicated dates for the 2018 closures:

  • Rochdale

  • Chichester

  • Walthamstow

  • Hanworth

  • Newmarket

  • High Wycombe

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