People & Business: DIY tries for a second trick
Thursday 08 April 1999
Mr Fogel launched The Home Place two years ago with a store in Hendon, north London, which seeks to harness an American idea of "bed, bath and beyond". In other words the superstore sells everything from towels and curtains to crockery and cutlery.
Mr Fogel sprang to fame in the Seventies when he founded Texas Homecare, one of the first DIY superstore chains. He sold it to Ladbrokes, who in turn sold it on to Sainsbury.
Such retailing innovation runs in the family. Mr Fogel's father Manny Fogel founded the Fads and Home Charm chains, which bought up old-fashioned high-street ironmongers and turned them into DIY stores. Mr Fogel junior is planning to raise pounds 1.5m from the Home Place float, which will value the fledgling group at just over pounds 4m.
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