It looks like DIY retail giant B&Q is set to open in Riyadh this year
The first B&Q store in Saudi Arabia, supported by an e-commerce proposition, will be approximately 50,000 square feet…
Drive along King Abdullah Branch Road on King Fahd, and you probably won’t miss the famously orange brand from the UK.
B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer, is opening its first Saudi store in Riyadh. For the uninitiated, it’s akin to SACO here, or ACE Hardware and Homeworks stores from the UAE.
So, what can we expect from the first B&Q store in the Kingdom?
Those who could recall Homeworks’ King Abdullah branch in Riyadh before it shut down about two years ago, it’s the same spot in which B&Q will be occupying.
It will span approximately 50,000 square feet and will stock a full range of home improvement products like paint, decorating tools, power tools, décor and lighting, houseplants, hardware and electrical and plumbing products.
Brands on offer will include owner Kingfisher’s portfolio, such as Erbauer, Magnusson and GoodHome, alongside locally and internationally sourced products.
It will also feature brand-new showrooms with storage solutions, providing customers with plenty of inspiration for home improvement projects.
Fully representing the home and DIY retailer’s commitment to growing e-commerce with stores at the centre, we’re looking forward to B&Q’s in-store digital hub to support store to home delivery, which, we hope, will include services, such as paint mixing and Click + Collect.
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Brought to you by the same group behind ACE and Homeworks, B&Q will be entirely operated and staffed by the Al-Futtaim Group.
The Al-Futtaim Group operates more than 200 brands across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Its franchise partners include Marks & Spencer and IKEA.
There will also be another B&Q store at Rimal Centre, east of Riyadh. The exact date for the B&Q stores opening in Riyadh has not been announced yet, but watch this space for more details.
B&Q, King Abdullah Branch Rd, King Fahd, Riyadh 12271. @bandqksa