B&Q is UK’s largest DIY and garden retailer selling everything from paint to lighting. They have over 355 stores nationwide and the full product range can be viewed online at DIY.com
More than 3 million customers visit a B&Q UK store every week, whether they are looking for a washer for the kitchen tap or a whole new kitchen. Stores are normally located in retail parks or out-of-town areas, so check the B&Q store locator online to find your local outlet. B&Q opening times vary from store to store, but generally they are open between 7am and 9pm.
If you don’t live near a B&Q, the full range of products is available at the B&Q online store, DIY.com. Next day delivery is standard for many items and is free if your order is over £50. Click and collect is also available and most customers will be able to collect instore the next day, if they order in time.
History of B&Q
B&Q was founded in Southampton in 1969 by Richard Block & David Quayle, whose surnames gave the company its brand name. The ‘Do It Yourself’ trend hardly existed in Britain at this time, but by the late 1970s there were 26 stores throughout the country. After many mergers and acquisitions the company has grown to 359 stores in the UK with a further 40 in China and around 9 in Ireland. The B&Q online store, which you can find at DIY.com was launched in 2001. Most recently, the retailer has begun the process of making its stores more ‘eco-friendly’, opening a B&Q store in New Malden which is 50% more efficient than other stores.
Walking into a hardware store can be daunting, but at B&Q you will always find helpful, knowledgeable staff eager to guide you in the right direction. If you want to shop in the comfort of your own home, the B&Q online store is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. The B&Q tiles section, for example, is bursting with ideas and buyers guides that are easy to understand and inspiring, all at the same time. Same goes for the B&Q lighting, flooring and kitchens sections online – dive in!
To make the most of your DIY shopping, join the B&Q Club. You’ll get a membership card which offers Club benefits when scanned in store and also rewards you with money off vouchers. You’ll also get a heads-up on the latest B&Q sale before anyone else!