Branch openings in Kilmarnock and Newton Abbott have continued the on-going expansion of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, which has seen investment in 34 branches in the last three years.
With an average of one branch opening or relocation per month, each new location comes in the form a purpose built development.
All of the new branches will be featured alongside Jewson or CTD branches with the aim of increasing product range on site and a broader customer base for all brands.
The collaboration has also allowed increased opening hours and bank holiday trading, as staff and resources can be shared between brands.
The programme has also enabled IT integration, with Graham Plumbers’ Merchant hoping all branches will eventually offer click and collect.
A branch in Bury St Edmonds is also in the process of relocating, while a brand new branch is set to open in Staines in May.
Ian Kenny, Marketing Director of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, commented: “We are expanding tactically, within areas where we see the biggest potential and to increase our geographic base in areas where we have had limited coverage to date, such as Cornwall and Devon.
“As larger warehouse-like retailers are being hit hard in the current market, Graham has opted to develop smaller outlets. With an infrastructure that enables ‘just in time’ stock replenishment, there is no longer a need to keep excessive stock onsite. As such, these smaller branches can be developed quickly, with many sites in action within 12 weeks.
“20% of our branches are currently in the process of updates with plans in place to continue the expansion at the same rate over the next three years. It’s an exciting time for Graham, as we continue to buck the trend and go from strength to strength.”