Toolstation.com

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by John, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I posted this the other day but cannot see it, or replies (if any) so
    apologies if anyone has already seen it.

    Anybody used www.toolstation.com? After seeing a post on here a few days
    ago I went on their site and ordered a catalogue. It arrived this morning
    and looks very similar in content to Screwfix but cheaper! You have to
    spend £50 for free delivery here though. Any experiences good or bad from
    anyone?

    Cheers

    John
     
    John, Jan 16, 2004
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  2. On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 18:51:17 +0000 (UTC), John wrote:

    > Anybody used www.toolstation.com?


    No but the address is an old BP garage on Whiteladies Road, Bristol,
    just across from the Beeb. As an ex BBC Bristol employee I still have
    contacts there. Watch this space...

    A quick look at the site and it's not an obvious clone of ScrewFix or
    MachineMart. There is no mention of a parent company in the T&C's just
    themselves registered on Whiteladies Road, not that means anything. A
    look through Companies House might reveal any links?

    --
    Cheers
    Dave. pam is missing e-mail
     
    Dave Liquorice, Jan 16, 2004
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  3. John

    Guest

    In uk.d-i-y, Dave Liquorice <> wrote:
    >
    > No but the address is an old BP garage on Whiteladies Road, Bristol,
    > just across from the Beeb. As an ex BBC Bristol employee I still have
    > contacts there. Watch this space...
    >

    They have an Argos/Soviet/trade-distributor setup at that address - masses
    of coloured polyprop boxen on racking, with 2-3 people serving you by
    catalogue number (i.e. you quote the stocknums of the bits you want,
    they disappear between the racking and come back clutching the bits you
    want). When I saw them opening up - 6+ months back - I thought they were
    a national chain; only now do I find we're uniquely privileged in Bristle
    to be the Aitch Queue.

    Registered, got the cat, haven't bought anything from them yet...

    Stefek
     
    , Jan 16, 2004
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  4. John

    Andy Hall Guest

    On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 20:00:10 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Liquorice"
    <> wrote:

    >On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 18:51:17 +0000 (UTC), John wrote:
    >
    >> Anybody used www.toolstation.com?

    >
    >No but the address is an old BP garage on Whiteladies Road, Bristol,
    >just across from the Beeb. As an ex BBC Bristol employee I still have
    >contacts there. Watch this space...
    >
    >A quick look at the site and it's not an obvious clone of ScrewFix or
    >MachineMart. There is no mention of a parent company in the T&C's just
    >themselves registered on Whiteladies Road, not that means anything. A
    >look through Companies House might reveal any links?


    I have an account with CH.


    Toolstation appears to be owned by one Mark Goddard-Watts, who is the
    director and has an issued share capital of £1.3m. There is not a
    great deal of information since the company was formed in 2002 and did
    its first filing as a small company.

    Interestingly, Mr. Goddard-Watts appears to a director of several
    companies including Aromatic Duck Ltd (now Bargain Bobs), and
    Screwfix.....
    Several other people with the surname Goddard-Watts are associated
    with B&Q and Kingfisher businesses, and AIUI Jon Goddard-Watts was the
    original founder of Screwfix.





    ..andy

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    Andy Hall, Jan 16, 2004
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  5. On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 21:46:44 +0000, Andy Hall wrote:

    > Toolstation appears to be owned by one Mark Goddard-Watts, ...

    <snip>
    > Interestingly, Mr. Goddard-Watts appears to a director of several
    > companies including Aromatic Duck Ltd (now Bargain Bobs), and
    > Screwfix.....
    > Several other people with the surname Goddard-Watts are associated
    > with B&Q and Kingfisher businesses, and AIUI Jon Goddard-Watts was
    > the original founder of Screwfix.


    Ah so it's not a true independant then, looks like Kingfisher quietly
    probing the market or starting to do a DSG. ie have lots of
    shops/outlets apparently in competition with each other but are in
    fact are all one company.

    My contact has got back to me, it's not the garage I thought it was
    (going by the piccies on the web site) but the one that was near the
    traffic lights for Tyndalls Park Road. Not a great report about the
    shop, it's not very big so can't really hold that much stock.

    --
    Cheers
    Dave. pam is missing e-mail
     
    Dave Liquorice, Jan 16, 2004
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  6. John

    Andy Hall Guest

    On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 23:25:44 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Liquorice"
    <> wrote:

    >On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 21:46:44 +0000, Andy Hall wrote:
    >
    >> Toolstation appears to be owned by one Mark Goddard-Watts, ...

    ><snip>
    >> Interestingly, Mr. Goddard-Watts appears to a director of several
    >> companies including Aromatic Duck Ltd (now Bargain Bobs), and
    >> Screwfix.....
    >> Several other people with the surname Goddard-Watts are associated
    >> with B&Q and Kingfisher businesses, and AIUI Jon Goddard-Watts was
    >> the original founder of Screwfix.

    >
    >Ah so it's not a true independant then, looks like Kingfisher quietly
    >probing the market or starting to do a DSG. ie have lots of
    >shops/outlets apparently in competition with each other but are in
    >fact are all one company.


    Possibly, although the record shows the shareholder as Mr
    Goddard-Watts and not as one of the Kingfisher companies, whereas
    Bargain Bobs (nee Aromatic Duck) is shown as ultimately part of the
    Kingfisher empire.

    >
    >My contact has got back to me, it's not the garage I thought it was
    >(going by the piccies on the web site) but the one that was near the
    >traffic lights for Tyndalls Park Road. Not a great report about the
    >shop, it's not very big so can't really hold that much stock.


    The short form balance sheet as at the end of July showed stocks of
    just under £350k, which is not a lot for an operation of this type, or
    perhaps they hadn't started trading to any extent then. There was
    £900k in the bank at that point.


    ..andy

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    Andy Hall, Jan 17, 2004
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  7. John

    Andy Dingley Guest

    On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 18:51:17 +0000 (UTC), "John"
    <> wrote:

    >Anybody used www.toolstation.com?


    No, but I've been there in person.

    It's an old filling station, on a site that must be some of the most
    expensive real estate in Bristol. It surprised me when they opened it,
    but it seems that they've been able to open it on top of the old fuel
    tanks, when any other use would have needed them ripping out first.
    The cost of developing the site would be staggering.

    I think their main trade is probably replacement batteries for
    DeWalts. Every time I've been in there, the clientele has been the
    same as myself - office fitters working locally who need a box of
    cable clips or a new drill battery in a hurry.

    Prices weren't bad, so they're not trying to gouge just based on
    convenience.
    --
    Do whales have krillfiles ?
     
    Andy Dingley, Jan 17, 2004
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