B&Q to open small branches in cities

The global home improvement chain Kingfisher plans to open smaller-format branches of its B&Q shops in British city centres within 18 months, following successful trials in Russia and France.

It said the new stores would have floor space of between 35,000 and 40,000 square feet.

Ian Cheshire, the chief executive of Kingfisher, said: "There are 60 catchment [areas] where there isn't a B&Q within a 20-minute drive time, where you have got more than 40,000 people."