Toolstation, the multi-award-winning supplier to the trade, has reached a milestone with the opening of its 300th branch. SSI Schaefer is proud to have played its part in Toolstation’s success by designing and installing the storage system, which holds the trade supplier’s entire branch stock, including out of gauge and long-length items.
The system is based upon SSI Schaefer’s robust, high quality Regal shelving range, which is highly versatile, modular and easily adapted to accommodate Toolstation’s large and variable product range. After agreeing the final layout for the store, Toolstation placed their order with SSI Schaefer on 22nd January with the complete delivery being made in just over a week. Thanks to rapid assembly between 1st and 5th February, the first stock was on the shelves in the Eastleigh branch on 6th February, ahead of the store opening for trading, six days later on 12th.
James Skilling, SSI Schaefer’s National Account Manager, said: “Having already supplied Toolstation with storage solutions for 295 of its branches across the UK, we are delighted to have again provided the storage system for this landmark site.”
The official opening took place on Friday 23rd February, the ceremony conducted by Councillor Maureen Sollitt, Mayor of Eastleigh, accompanied by James Mackenzie, Managing Director of Toolstation, and the company’s Retail Director, Simon Robinson.
James Mackenzie, who joined Toolstation as Managing Director in July of last year, said that reaching the 300th branch milestone was great news for the business and a platform for further growth, commenting: “This landmark figure represents the start of a new phase in our growth, with an accelerated branch opening plan and an expanded range developed in response to customer demand, as well as lots of other initiatives in the pipeline. We want to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest standard of customer experience and stock availability, whilst maintaining everyday low prices.”