We are one of the leading DIY and Gardening retailers in the UK.
Operating over 175 stores throughout England, Scotland and Wales we aim to be the store of choice and convenience for DIY and gardening products to consumers seeking to undertake light home improvement and maintenance projects.
Offering a broad range of own brand and branded products to decorate and enhance your home and garden as well as the tools to carry out the projects from paint, wallpaper, bathrooms and kitchens to power tools, building materials, plants and lawnmowers.
We have a loyal base of customers looking for choice and convenience at competitive prices and offer further savings to our over 60's and homemover customers.
Founded by Bill Archer and a former business partner in 1987, the business grew through a number of acquisitions, including Do It All Limited in 1998 and Great Mills in 2000. The new businesses were geographically complementary to the existing business, with minimal store overlap and a similar strategy of locating stores in market towns. Following these acquisitions, all of the stores were rebranded to the Focus brand. In addition, in September 2000, we acquired Wickes PLC, a business targeting trade customers.
On 11 February 2005, Wickes Limited was sold to Travis Perkins.
On 26th July 2007 Focus DIY was sold to Cerberus and Bill Grimsey was appointed CEO with a new senior management team.
June 2008 Wantage was the first new store that was opened in the Genesis format providing a comfortable environment with improved navigation and accessibility. It features a clear depth and breadth of range, all presented within a 'shop within a shop' concept, providing help and inspiration to Focus DIY customers. The new concept store, features a new-look garden centre and a showroom design accommodating an impressive range of kitchens and bathroom suites.
Since Wantage, five new stores and seven stores from the portfolio have been opened in the Genesis format along with the refit of Congleton as a small-store format, 13 in total.
1987 - Bill Archer and a former business partner acquired Choice DIY Limited, a small DIY retailer with six stores in the Midlands and the North.
1988 - Acquisition of the Focus chain of six DIY stores.All stores were rebranded 'Focus DIY'.
1988-1998 - Company had substantial organic growth, expanding from its base of 12 stores to 72 stores.
1998 - Acquisition of Do It All (Holdings) Limited with 139 stores.All stores were rebranded as 'Focus Do It All' ('FDIA') and Focus became one of the largest DIY retailers in the UK, with 210 stores.
Sept 2000 - Acquisition into the heavy DIY segment with the purchase of Wickes plc and 131 stores.
Dec 2000 - Acquisition of Great Mills with 98 stores further strengthening its position in the light DIY segment.
2001 - All former Focus Do It All and Great Mills stores (other than the seven 'No Frills' stores) were rebranded 'Focus'. Wickes stores continued to operate under the brand name 'Wickes'.
2002 - Focus Wickes group emerged as the 2nd largest DIY retailer in the UK in terms of turnover and had 430 stores (Focus 291 and Wickes 139)
Feb 2005 - Wickes Limited sold to Travis Perkins.
January 2007 - appointment of Rothschild to advise the Board of future options for the Group.
26 July 2007 – sold to a company backed by funds and/or managed accounts affiliated with Cerberus.
June 2008 – opening of the first new format store in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
October 2008 – launch of the Payless brand of products: DIY and gardening products that are great value and fit for purpose.
January 2009 – fifth new form format store opened in Woking. New format stores include Wantage, Pontardawe, Harrogate, Wymondham and Woking.
March 2010 - 6 stores from the portfolio were refiited with the Genesis format - Kingswinsford, Morecambe, Hastings, Winnersh, Burgess Hill and Petersfield
April 2010 - Bill Grimsey becomes Chairman of Focus DIY with Rob Gladwin becoming Chief Executive
June 2010 - Congleton becomes the first small-format store with 12,000 sq ft refiitted with the Genesis format