Travis Perkins buys Focus DIY stores

The owner of Wickes has bought 13 stores from the administrators of the stricken chain Focus DIY in a deal worth £8.4m. Travis Perkins said the sites will be converted to the Wickes format by the end of 2011, bringing the number of outlets in the chain to 216.

Focus formerly owned Wickes but sold it to Travis in 2005 for £950m. Travis, which is based in Northampton and also owns the plumbing supplies chain BSS, is one of the largest suppliers to the UK's building and construction industry, with a total network of more than 600 branches.

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