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Screwfix Direct

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1979 Started life as the Woodscrew Supply Co

The company’s first mail order catalogue consisted of a single page, solely dedicated to screws and, in 1987, this was increased to a four page version offering hardware to DIY and Trade professionals in the name of Handimail.

1992 The first catalogue to be produced in the name of Screwfix Direct appeared and, with a turnover of £4 million the company moved into larger premises at Pen Mill, Yeovil in 1994.

1998 With a turnover that had virtually doubled year on year to £28 million, the company moved to a purpose built site at Houndstone Business Park in Yeovil, just five months prior to the company being acquired by Kingfisher.

Later in 1998, the company expanded its Houndstone site with the opening of a new, dedicated Contact Centre employing 500 people.

The 1,000th employee joined the organisation in March 2000.

Ongoing financial support from Kingfisher also meant that a third distribution centre could be opened in Leicester.

Turnover first exceeded £100 million in January 2001 and, following further expansion in the Contact Centre, Screwfix announced sales of £184.5 million in 2002.

In 2004 the three warehouses were consolidated into one site at Trentham, Stoke on Trent. Screwfix first opened its doors to the public in late 2004, with its first official trade counter. Since the success of the first trade counter which is located in Yeovil, the company has branched out with 200 trade counters across the United Kingdom

Prior to the takeover by Kingfisher, Screwfix had a "trade counter", (a basic shop), attached to the original warehouse in Houndstone. It was then moved to the present site on Oxford Road, Penmill Trading Estate. After the demolition of the warehouse, the shop became known as an official Trade Counter.

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