DIY store to bring new jobs to borough

DIY retailer Screwfix is planning to open a store in Newtownabbey next year.
DIY retailer Screwfix is planning to open a store in Newtownabbey next year.
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Screwfix, the UK’s largest direct and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products, is to open a store in Newtownabbey.

The company, which sells trade and DIY products, confirmed this week that it is planning to open in the borough “in early 2014”.

Despite speculation that the new store will be located near the Abbeycentre, the company has declined to comment on potential sites.

The Newtownabbey outlet is one of four new stores the company is opening in Northern Ireland, creating around 50 jobs.

It’s understood that 12 of those roles will be based at the Newtownabbey store.

“As part of the company’s ongoing store network expansion plans, we can confirm that Screwfix will be opening four stores in Northern Ireland in early 2014,” a spokesperson said.

“These will be located in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Bangor and Ballymena, with around 50 jobs being created as a result of the store openings,” she added.