// Toolstation is opening its landmark 500th shop in New Malden, Surrey
// It will have created 450 job opportunities this year
// The new store opening comes as it launches new app for trade and DIY customers
Toolstation has just opened its landmark 500th store in New Malden, Surrey.
The latest opening as part of Toolstation’s accelerated expansion programme, which during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns in 2020 saw the retailer open at least one new branch every week.
Toolstation said it was continuing with the same pace of store openings this year, making it on track to open over 60 branches by the end of 2021.
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The DIY and hardware retailer added that its store expansion scheme will see it create over 450 job opportunities in 2021.
Toolstation currently employs 5000 staff in the UK.
The news comes as the Travis Perkins-owned business launches its brand new app for customers to shop with Toolstation or manage their accounts if they are Trade Credit customers.
“To have grown so rapidly over the past few years is testament to both our colleagues and customers,” Toolstation managing director James MacKenzie said.
“The opening of our 500th store is the latest milestone in our expansion plans and like all Toolstation stores it will benefit from Trade Credit and the launch of our app.
“The app will help make it easier for our customers to work smarter and quicker by ordering to their nearest site or home and manage their accounts from their pocket.
“At just the tap of a button, they will be able to check their credit accounts, pay balances and download their invoices, which means they can quickly wave goodbye to large amounts of paperwork.”