Hatfield Homebase set to close
PUBLISHED: 10:49 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 18 June 2018
Signs have appeared all over Homebase in Oldings Corner, Hatfield, announcing its closure.
A Homebase spokesman said: “We can confirm that our store in Hatfield is set to close on August 5 2018.
“Our priority now is to continue supporting team members.”
It is made clear by the numerous posters that the closure is affecting ‘this store only’.
One shopper told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was busy when I went in on a Saturday afternoon.
“Discounts ranged from about 10 to 20 per cent from what I could see.
“It was definitely busier than the previous week before the closure was announced.
“You can hardly fail to spot the signs!”
Another shopper said; “I went to Homebase at Oldings Corner this morning to my surprise I was met with all the closure signs.
“Everything was reduced by at least 10 per cent and a few items were 20 per cent or 25 per cent off but not many.”
The Homebase brand was taken over by Australian company Westfarmers in 2016, who hoped to replicate the success of their Bunnings stores.
Twenty-four Homebase stores were converted into pilot Bunnings stores, including one in nearby St Albans, with 240 stores still retaining the Homebase branding.
After a failed attempt to expand the Bunnings brand, the business was off-loaded for just £1 to the restructuring firm Hilco Capital, which is the owner of HMV.
Back in 2015, there was confusion over the future of Homebase in Hatfield after plans were submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council showing how the store could be subdivided.