Focus DIY future uncertain

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THE FUTURE of Ilkeston’s Focus DIY store is uncertain after an announcement last week that the chain has gone into administration.

When the Advertiser contacted the company about the future of the Waterside Retail park store they said it was too early to be able to say what will happen to specific shops.

A spokesman explained: “Low consumer confidence and a very weak housing transaction market has impacted on Focus and placed considerable pressure on sales and margins.

“Despite management’s actions to tightly control costs and restructure the operations, unfortunately it has not been possible for the business to continue to trade outside of insolvency.”

The chain also confirmed 31 of its 175 shops will be sold but refused to say which stores were involved in the deal.