Bennetts’ Brigg deal is first out-of-town move in rich 213-year history

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Nov 2017

AFTER 213 years of serving construction needs from Grimsby, specialist Bennetts Timber is opening a new branch in Brigg.

The site, in Atherton Way, is set to open in the new year, and is a first venture out of the town by the six-generation family business, although products have been sent nationwide for years.

A deal has been agreed for occupation of the unit, and the coming weeks will be spent getting the premises ready for launch early in the new year.

Bennetts’ Brigg outlet, which will create one full-time job initially, will be based on the successful trade counter operation at the South Humberside Industrial Estate site.

“We have been looking to expand by opening a new branch in North Lincolnshire for some time,” managing director Edward Bennett said. “The site at Atherton Way fits the bill completely.

“Brigg is a vibrant place, always busy and with lots of development on the way this is the obvious place to open to and will enable us to provide greater coverage for the area.

“It will complement our main site in Grimsby very well.”

The unit will stock a full range of timber products including planed timber, constructional and graded timber, CLS, skirtings and architraves, mouldings, MDF products, treated timber, decking, fencing and timber cladding. The latter has become a particular specialism.

In addition to this a large range of DIY products will also be available including ironmongery, nails and screws, silicones, glues and adhesives, treatments, hand tools and much more, with customers able to tap into the vast knowledge of the timber trade, with support from the team with technical issues and advice.

Fellow director Robert Bennett said: “The site at Atherton Way in Brigg is perfect for us and we are looking forward to opening in the new year to our new customers, trade and public.”

It is an exciting time for the business, which supplies timber to large projects all over the UK, such as the recent extension of the Bicester Village retail park in Oxfordshire, as reported last month.

Commercial property specialist Clark Weightman handled the letting.

Director Carl Bradley, pictured, said: “We’ve enjoyed working with the directors of Bennetts in negotiating this letting and wish them well for the future."

Bennetts has had several locations in Grimsby, and prior to the move to South Humberside Industrial Estate occupied the site where Shoreline Housing Partnership’s headquarters now sits, off Charlton Street and Adam Smith Street. Earlier operations were based in Victoria Street, with founder William Bennett, who started as a chemist, initially working from what is now Market Place.

Set to open on January 8, early timber exports out of Grimsby headed west too, for the business – which retains its own saw mill – cut the sleepers for the laying of the first railway, opening up the docks and helping boost the town’s fishing fortunes.

More recently it supplied Siberian larch timber cladding for Brigg’s Tesco.

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