Possible Honiton store closure would be a ‘great loss’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 08 February 2018

Homebase in Honiton. Image: Google Maps

Homebase in Honiton. Image: Google Maps


It has been revealed that between 20 and 40 Homebase stores could be closed by its Australian owner, Wesfarmers, after the chain was put under review.

The closure of Homebase in Honiton would be a ‘great loss’ to the town, says the town’s mayor.

It has been revealed that between 20 and 40 Homebase stores could be closed by its Australian owner, Wesfarmers, after the chain was put under review.

No stores earmarked for closure have been named yet.

Cllr John Zarczynski, mayor of Honiton, said the town’s Homebase store was a big hitter for both shoppers and employment opportunities.

The store, in Heathpark Industrial Estate, has ‘little competition’, says Mr Zarczynski, who is urging Wesfarmers to reconsider its decision.

He said: “Homebase has been in Honiton for a number of years and it offers a wide range of goods to buy, especially at Christmas time, and not to mention to people who use it for DIY and numerous home improvement projects.

“I sincerely hope Wesfarmers reconsiders its decision and does not close Honiton Homebase.”

Wesfarmers expects Homebase to lose £97million in the first half of 2018 - and it’s been reported that up to 2,000 jobs would be lost across the country, if the closures are confirmed.

Homebase has 250 stores across the UK and employs 12,000 people.

Wesfarmers, which paid £340m for the DIY chain in 2016, will announce the result of its review in June.

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