Those long enough in the tooth will remember the demise of several chains in the late 1990/2000 like Texas, Focus, Champion and Do it All. After that the only major chains left were Homebase and B&Q. Now these seems to be faltering as well. Homebase has struggled since it’s takeover by the Australian group Wesfarmers and not doing too well with its new owners Hilco. The three nearest stores to me have all closed, with flats coming up in its space. with B&Q, our hosts sister company, the two nearest have closed, again with one flattened to build flats, the nearest large one to me now over 7miles. However, they now seem to be opening small stores within ASDA as well as high street but I am not sure where this will go. I tried one in an high street recently but regretted it immediately, as I had to lug the stuff I had bought , up the hill to my house as there is no where to park. With Screwfix too trying to move into the high street I suspect they will eat into each other’s trade to an extent. wickes alone seems unimpacted although it’s parent co Travis Perkins has started to close down depots and try the high street approach. I know there are many other chains and independents hidden in the industrial estates Is anyone else thinking that one day it will be just Amazon or it’s internet ilk ! It will be no longer “I am going to get some parts and be back in half an hour!” But I will be back when the parts arrive .