The store, on Willowbridge Lane in Castleford, is designed as a one-stop-shop for tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts alike and offers advice to customers on all aspects of building work. It is the 42nd branch opened by the Hull-based firm – the UK’s leading independent builders’ merchant – as part of an ongoing expansion drive that could see up to six new outlets open this year.
The branch is the first to be established along the sprawling M62 corridor between Goole and its westerly most outlets of Macclesfield and Southport.
Branch director Russell Safhill said the Castleford outlet would diversify the local offering to builders and DIY enthusiasts and introduce a more customer friendly way of doing business. "MKM has built its reputation on high levels of customer service compared to what other parts of the industry routinely offer."
"That has allowed the firm to expand rapidly and build a solid brand in the places where it operates, particularly in its heartland of Yorkshire, where is has a significant presence ranging from Whitby in the north down to Sheffield."
"Although this is MKM’s first branch in West Yorkshire we are expecting it to trade well from the beginning because the brand is well known across the county and we think local builders will be pleased to finally have an MKM in their area."
Founder and executive chairman, David Kilburn, said he was always proud to create news jobs across the UK, but particularly in Yorkshire.
MKM Building Supplies operates a profit-share arrangement with the branch directors ensuring it is in their interests to be successful, and encourages progression among staff members who want to move their career’s forward.
Mr Kilburn said: "Yorkshire is the home of MKM Building Supplies. It has been built on Yorkshire values and delivers a good old fashioned Yorkshire service – personal and tailored, as you would expect from an independent."
"It is an important market for us and one that by creating these jobs we are proud to be investing in. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to further our association with the area and its people."