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Five B&Q stores to close leaving hundreds of jobs at risk

Hundreds of jobs are at risk as a result of the B&Q closures

DIY giant B&Q is to close more than half of its stores across Northern Ireland.

The closure of outlets at Boucher Road, Belfast; Derry, Ballymena, Craigavon and Sprucefield have all been confirmed.

The closures - which are expected to complete by the end of next year - will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

A source said staff were told of the closures by management this morning.

Earlier this year, B&Q owner Kingfisher announced it would close 60 stores across Britain and Ireland.

It followed a 7.5 per cent decline in profits.

The closures will leave B&Q with just four stores across the north at Holywood Exchange, Newry, Coleraine and Newtownabbey.

In contrast, Kingfisher has been expanding its portfolio of Screwfix stores across the north.

Unlike B&Q's vast outlets - and rates bills - Screwfix operates small stores in a similar model to Argos.

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