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Our History


(Don't worry, we won't keep you too long!)


In 1979, Homebase - a product of Sainsbury's and GB-inno-BM, led by CEO Gurth Hoyar-Millar - was born.


Our Croydon branch was the first to welcome customers and throughout the 80s, we were busy opening even more store doors.


The 90s were an exciting time as Sainsbury's bought Texas Homecare and rebranded these stores as Homebase.


Things were looking bigger and better as we were sold to Shroder Ventures and then again to GUS. From here, we became part of Home Retail Group and started offering fantastic concessions. Our new Homebase Design Centres caused huge excitement by helping our customers become dab hands at design!

Towards the end of the decade, we were sold to Westfarmers and some stores were rebranded as Bunnings Warehouse. As if it hadn't been a busy enough few years, we were then purchased by Hilco Capital where we entered a CVA agreement and restructured. Our turnaround accelerated with over 50 stores upgraded and our customers have been loving them ever since.

Where we are today

In February 2020, we announced our return to profit earlier than expected, mainly thanks to our fantastic team, a sustainable store proposition plan and a redesigned website.

It's been busy, but it's been brilliant, and the future is looking as bright as our paint swatches!