Focus DIY store was located under the East Kilbride Expressway in the small retail park. Entered from the roundabout at the start of Whistleberry Road at its junction with Glasgow Road, they had a good range of stock but were smaller than other DIY outlets. They sold DIY goods, paint, wallpaper, furniture, pet sundries, gardening products etc. There were always a few members of staff to help with any enquiries. It had great parking facilities and there was a bus stop nearby if required.
It was easy for the disabled to access the store and really spacious, so okay for moving around. It was quiet in the evenings, but busier at the weekends. It was kept clean and tidy and it was a pleasant experience to shop there.
Pictured here by myself in 2009, I was quite gutted when the store closed. It meant suddenly shopping at the more expensive B&Q and going up to East Kilbride. Today, B&M bargains occupy the premises, which sat vacant for some time after Focus went into administration in May 2011.
The only question remaining for me in this article, is when did Focus DIY come to Blantyre? I’d love to hear from anybody who worked there about their experiences there too.
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