Homebase closing Taunton store - The Range to move in

This is The West Country: Homebase closing Taunton store - The Range to move in Homebase closing Taunton store - The Range to move in

DOZENS of workers face an uncertain future at a homes and garden store that is closing down.

A total of 35 jobs will go when Homebase closes its store at Hankridge Way, Taunton.

Bosses have told staff they will be offered interviews with the company taking over their premises.

They could also be offered jobs in alternative Homebase or Argos stores.

The company has not set a closure date, but it has confirmed that The Range, which also sells homes and gardens items, will take over the building.

A spokesman for the Home Retail Group, owners of Homebase, said: “We have announced the proposed closure of the Homebase store in Taunton.

“The lease is – subject to a number of conditions – set to transfer to retailer The Range.

“This proposed closure is part of the normal management of our store portfolio.

“This announcement means there is a period of consultation for colleagues affected by this proposal.

“As part of our agreement The Range will invite all colleagues affected by the process for an interview.

“Where possible we will also look to redeploy any affected colleagues at nearby Homebase and Argos stores.”

He added that the move was subject to successful consultation, planning consent and the landlord’s approval.

Home Retail Group, which owns around 300 Homebase stores, has already shut a number of outlets after announcing in 2012 that it would close 40 over five years when their leases ran out.

Plymouth-based The Range failed to respond to the County Gazette’s request for a statement.

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7:08pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Dayre42 says...

I couldn't really care if the range are in Taunton just go careful when shopping you rget £100 fine for using their car park (Bridgwater) & customers service (head office) none existing ! Will never shop in one of there stores again
I couldn't really care if the range are in Taunton just go careful when shopping you rget £100 fine for using their car park (Bridgwater) & customers service (head office) none existing ! Will never shop in one of there stores again Dayre42
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9:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

feeby12007 says...

The Range is rubbish. Reminds me of Chaplins :(
The Range is rubbish. Reminds me of Chaplins :( feeby12007
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2:00pm Fri 20 Jun 14

heather147 says...

Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase.
Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase. heather147
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2:15pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

heather147 wrote:
Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase.
Its pretty close to b&q so chances are if I am after something they sell I have two shops that will stock it.


Wickes is ok for some stuff but b&q is so much bigger with more stock.

Its win win for me as i can also get a drink at costa drive thru.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase.[/p][/quote]Its pretty close to b&q so chances are if I am after something they sell I have two shops that will stock it. Wickes is ok for some stuff but b&q is so much bigger with more stock. Its win win for me as i can also get a drink at costa drive thru. Mi_Coc
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12:26pm Tue 24 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

Big Chaplins is a good shout, Buyology in Bridgwater sell similar and in some cases the same stuff as the Range, only cheaper!
Big Chaplins is a good shout, Buyology in Bridgwater sell similar and in some cases the same stuff as the Range, only cheaper! swjoduk
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12:29pm Tue 24 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

The store I would like to see is a B & M bargain or B & M Home store.

Is there anything in the old Comet now or is it still empty?
The store I would like to see is a B & M bargain or B & M Home store. Is there anything in the old Comet now or is it still empty? swjoduk
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12:36pm Tue 24 Jun 14

RosieSparkle says...

heather147 wrote:
Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase.
I'd rather drive out of town to Homebase, where there is parking by the store so you can load up your card easily, than drive around town trying to find parking and having to lug your stuff everywhere. Also... what is the alternative anyway? Other than Wilkinsons which is great but hampered by the parking issue.

We love Homebase, just got our kitchen from there (in the nick of time, clearly!) and always buy our paint, garden stuff etc. because we can use our Nectar points. We'll really miss it :(
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: Why would you want to shop at Homebase when it is so far out of town? Okay if you want to shop at Sainsbury's as well I suppose but I certainly would not drive all the way down there in all the gridlocked traffic just to buy something in Homebase.[/p][/quote]I'd rather drive out of town to Homebase, where there is parking by the store so you can load up your card easily, than drive around town trying to find parking and having to lug your stuff everywhere. Also... what is the alternative anyway? Other than Wilkinsons which is great but hampered by the parking issue. We love Homebase, just got our kitchen from there (in the nick of time, clearly!) and always buy our paint, garden stuff etc. because we can use our Nectar points. We'll really miss it :( RosieSparkle
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