name = Wickes
logosize = 275px
foundation = 1972: First Store opened in UK
1987: Flotation on
London Stock Exchange
2005: Taken Over by
DIY Home Improvement
Travis Perkins plc
homepage = [http://www.wickes.co.uk www.wickes.co.uk]
Wickes is a UK
DIYretailer owned by Travis Perkinswith 183 stores throughout the country. It focuses on building materials and supplies for the public and trade.
Wickes was founded by Henry Dunn Wickes in Michigan, USA in 1854 and in 1972 Wickes Corporation along with British builders merchant, Sankeys opened its first store in the UK. By 1987 Wickes was trading from 41 locations and was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
In September 2000, Wickes was acquired by the Focus Group [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2004/dec/17/1 Travis nails Wickes for £950m | Business | The Guardian ] ] and grew from 131 in October 2000 to 172 in March 2004, including the re-branding of 36 Focus stores. Focus Group sold Wickes to
Travis Perkinsin 2005 [ [http://www.wickes.co.uk/page/corporate Wickes - Corporate ] ] .
In late 2007 Wickes accquired 7 stores from
Focus DIYafter it was taken over in June 2007 by Cerberus Capitalfor £1cite web
title = guardian.co.uk - "Focus DIY sold for £1"
url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/jun/18/privateequity2
accessdate = 2008-03-12] , these stores were;
Glossop, Mansfield, Penrith, Bulwell, Plumstead, Dumfriesand Hereford.
Wickes is planning to expand into the Irish market in 2008, with its first Irish store expected to open in Limerick City in JuneFact|date=April 2008.
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