B&Q founder leaves 4.4m

Published:  02 August, 2010

WINCHESTER: David Quayle, the co-founder of DIY chain B&Q has left 4.4m in his will. Mr Quayle, who died in April, opened his first store in 1969 with brother-in-in-law Richard Block.

Originally named Block and Quayle, it soon became B&Q. The idea of large warehouse-style DIY stores copied the style already successfully operating in other European countries, but was unknown in the UK and B&Q soon became the largest retail suppliers of DIY products in the UK.

Mr Block left the company in 1976, but Mr Quayle stated on before selling out to Woolworth four years later.

In recent times, Mr Quayle ran a video rental business, an art gallery and his own charitable foundation. Probate records show that he leaves the bulk of his estate in trust to his second wife and his children.

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