Thetford’s first Screwfix store is declared a runaway success

Multi-channel trade retailer Screwfix is bucking a nationwide trend for retail outlet closures with its new branch in Thetford, which officially opened on 24 July. The store has already been declared a success with hundreds of customers visiting to get their hands on a bargain.

The Thetford store – Screwfix’s 348th – is part of the company’s nationwide store expansion plan, which saw the retailer open 60 new UK stores in 2013 with a further 60 stores to be opening their doors in 2014. The company uses its own innovative retail model, which aims to provide its customers with outstanding service, together with value and convenience. Already 91% of the UK population is within a 30 minute drive of a Screwfix store.

Screwfix’s Thetford Store Manager Olly Smith said: “We chose to open a new store in Thetford because it’s a growing town with a great trade presence. Many of our customers already shopped with us at our Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds stores and are delighted to see us here, as they no longer have to travel so far.”

“Our celebration period, which ran from Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th July, attracted hundreds of customers and we are looking forward to welcoming many more local people over the coming months,” said Olly. “We have already been out and about getting to know businesses in Thetford and in return we have received fantastic support from the local community, who have all shown a keen interest in the store. It has been extremely exciting that we have already attracted repeat business and we are all enjoying getting to know new customers. We are looking forward to building a successful business here in Thetford.”

Another aspect of Screwfix’s nationwide stores initiative is that the company is looking to become actively involved with local charities through its own registered charity arm The Screwfix Foundation, which supports local charities and community projects with donations for projects involving fixing, repairing or maintaining buildings. Screwfix staff often get directly involved in helping community projects and host charity fundraising events within the stores. Local registered charities are welcome to apply for funding from The Screwfix Foundation and can visit Thetford Screwfix branch to pick up a Screwfix Foundation Leaflet for more information. Alternatively they can download an application form from

Visit Screwfix’s Thetford store at: Burrell Way, Thetford, IP24 3RW, Monday to Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

The brand’s huge range of products and exceptional deals are also available online at, on Screwfix’s mobile site or over the phone on 0500 414141.