Bath store added to DIY list

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Home­base is to close the doors of its branch in Bath. The DIY store, lo­cated just off Pines Way, will be shut­ting on Novem­ber 24, the man­ager con­firmed on Mon­day. The strug­gling chain had an­nounced it was clos­ing 42 stores across the coun­try ear­lier this year, although Bath was not named in that list. No fur­ther de­tails have been re­leased at this time. Home­base has been con­tacted for com­ment. Bath MP Wera Hob­house was quick to re­act to the news, in­di­cat­ing she would favour a move by nearby su­per­mar­ket Sains­bury’s. She said: “Home­base will leave a hole in Bath, but it means that there’s po­ten­tially a sig­nif­i­cant amount of land open­ing up for re­de­vel­op­ment next to the city cen­tre. Based on Sains­bury’s pre­vi­ous plans, they wanted to move to the Home­base site, so the land around Green Park Sta­tion could be­come avail­able. “If Sains­bury’s do move, it would be a huge op­por­tu­nity. That land would be per­fect for a mixed used de­vel­op­ment, de­signed around the needs of the peo­ple of Bath.”

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