The reopening today of the Sittingbourne Homebase store, which now incorporates mini versions of Argos, Habitat and Costa Coffee, was marked with a £500 donation to Dale Howting – The Whistling Postman.
From left to right Dale Howting, Habitat manager Trish Cowen, Costa manager Terrie Holmes, Homebase manager Matt Cope and Argos manager Matt Powell.
Store manager Matt Cope said “We’re delighted to be able to make this donation to Dale. We are passionate about playing a big part in our local community, and believe this donation will go some way to helping the invaluable work Dale has done collecting for local charities.”
Dale said that £250 is going towards The Kent Air Ambulance and £250 towards Demelza House.
The change in layout is particularly noticeable on entering the store where they have freed up space to provide a much more welcoming experience, this is definitely an improvement.
Rebranded as the Homebase Design Centre the new-look store has a Design Hub, offering touch screen technology to help customers to transform the look of rooms in their homes. A free interior design service is also available, where City & Guilds trained decorating consultants can help customers create personalised mood boards using real swatches of flooring, tiling, wallpaper and paint materials.
The store is Wi-Fi enabled and employees have been equipped with tablet devices and headsets to help communication and customer service.
Hayley Steel with 6 Year old Max and 4 year old James
After spending some time in the Design Hub and browsing products, customers have the opportunity to extend their stay in store by reflecting on ideas for their home in the brand new café.
The new mini Argos store come fully equipped with the very latest technological innovations, enabling customers to locate and order items with ease.
Argos manager Matt Powell demonstrated the process which I can only describe as something akin to a streamlined online shopping experience, but you only have to walk across the room to collect your items. Very cool.
The move forms part of a redevelopment programme that includes investment in stores and services that are designed to offer home and garden inspiration to customers.
Homebase products are also even more accessible to customers with its online ‘Reserve & Collect’ service and new fast delivery options. Exclusive brands such as kitchens by Hygena and Schreiber, a Mini Habitat store and paint by Farrow & Ball are also available at the store.
Offering a new and inspirational approach to gardening, the garden centre is laid out into three distinct zones to help customers create a great outdoor living space, however big or small their garden, patio or balcony.
The Grow Your Own Zone gives those wanting to produce their own fruit and vegetables a vast array of products.
The Plant Zone has garden plants laid out according to their needs, making it easier to plant for shady borders or sunny spots.
The Building Zone allows customers to make a considered choice when selecting the right shed or arbour – all of which are available to take home the same day.