The builders’ merchants and showroom belonging to Lerwick Building Centre (LBC) is being taken over by a leading UK chain.
Jewson, the largest builders’ merchants in the UK, has confirmed that LBC is joining its network. LBC is the largest independent merchant in Shetland and provides a wide range of products for general construction as well as bathrooms, kitchens, fireplaces, tiling and lighting.
Jewson said LBC already provided “unrivalled support for both trade and DIY customers on the island”. It said adding LBC to its portfolio would offer local customers “excellent access to the benefits of a national network”.
The company also confirmed that all staff currently with LBC would be moving over to Jewson. It will not be taking over the Lerwick firm’s furniture shop.
Branch manager Steven Laidlaw said: “Builders and DIYers in Shetland will continue to benefit from a first class service delivered by the same team but now with the added reassurance, support and speed of availability that Jewson’s national network can provide.”
LBC owner Leslie Irvine said that, following the sale, he now wanted to concentrate on his other services. “I’d like to thank all my customers for their loyalty over the years,” he said. “It’s business as usual for the furniture shop, the garage and the plant hire, and obviously Irvine Contractors.”