Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

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Builders' merchants

1972 US company Wickes opened its first store in the UK

1986 Became a publicly quoted company in the UK

1987 Sale of the majority holding by Wickes Corporation Inc.

1988 Acquired Hunter plc

2000 Wickes plc was acquired by Focus Do It All plc

2005 Travis Perkins acquired Wickes

2015 First of the new format Wickes stores was opened

2021 Wickes plc demerged from Travis Perkins and listed on the LSE

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Company website
  • 1986 Annual report