Building success with new cash and carry depot

Published:  24 September, 2012

ASHFORD: Kent-based Direct Builders Merchants is expanding its network with another site at Wotton Road, Ashford, under a new brand - DBM Cash & Carry Building Depot.

This “Cash & Carry” concept, offers great prices for collection from the yard across a huge range of general building materials, including bricks, blocks, paving, bagged aggregates and cement.

“We aim to have over one million bricks in stock ready to go, with ranges available from all leading manufacturers,” said managing director, Doug Smith. “Of course, local delivery will be an option, but our best deals will be for collection and we are confident our prices will be hard to beat.”

The new DBM site is located at the old RJ Barwick yard in Wotton Road, and with major refurbishment works having taken place over the past few weeks, the depot has been transformed with new surfacing, a modern showroom and trade counter, and a decorative paving and brick display area. The Cash & Carry depot opens for business on 1 October and will be managed by John Gilbert, who has 25 years’ experience in the building supplies sector. “We have started our recruitment programme from within the local area and our aim is to provide up to 10 new jobs within the sales office or yard,” said Mr Gilbert.

DBM has been supplying the building trade and retail customers from their two existing sites at Sittingbourne and Whitstable for over 20 years, and has recently added online services, BrickSaver and Bargain Bricks.

“We have invested heavily in this new depot, spending in excess of half a million pounds on the acquisition of the site and its refurbishment," said Mr Smith. "We see Ashford and the surrounding area as the perfect location for our expansion plans, and we are very excited about the potential opportunities which this site offers our business and customers.”

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