Megastores may be declining, but the DIY scene is thriving | News

Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s HabiStore may not be the first business you think of when searching for a home improvement megastore.

The 18,000-square-foot building on Grant and Fairview mainly serves as a donation center for surplus or reusable building materials that go toward helping Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers build affordable housing for low-income families.

But it also operates as a retail outlet, selling a lot of the donated stuff the builders don’t use — furniture, appliances, building materials, tools and hardware — at discounted prices. Those funds are then used to finance the nonprofit’s work.

While not exactly a Home Depot or Lowe’s, the HabiStore, along with other community-supported do-it-yourself centers, is where America’s home improvement boom, already waning for the megastores, is sending some welcome aftershocks.

“When the lockdown happened in 2020, everybody was at home and suddenly home projects became a priority,” said Tanna Johnson, the Tucson affiliate’s

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Travis Perkins remains resilient amidst slump in home improvement market

Travis Perkins remains resilient amidst slump in home improvement market and rising energy prices

  • The building materials seller revealed total turnover grew by 10.3% to £2.54bn
  • Travis Perkins saw its Toolstation business plunge to an operating loss of £8m
  • Growing cost inflation was mainly driven by increasing fuel and utility prices

Travis Perkins has maintained a steady growth in sales in the face of increasing energy costs and slowing demand in Britain for DIY products.

The building materials seller revealed turnover grew by 10.3 per cent to £2.54billion in the six months to 30 June, thanks to its merchanting division outperforming the broader market.

Orders within the segment’s specialist and general merchant businesses achieved double-digit percentage sales growth, helping push its overall revenue up by 13.3

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Renovating your home? Just add to cart

Home improvement need not be stressful. In fact, it can be as simple as tapping the “add to cart” button.  

Renovating your home space? Order your construction materials online. No need to visit the hardware store. Download and select the materials to be delivered. 

Konstruk links users with the nearest hardware suppliers

Konstruk is an e-commerce platform that provides solutions to construction needs. With one click, the canvassing app can help you find the materials you need, check the prices from the different suppliers and arrange immediate delivery. 

Founder Rommel Bulalacao describes it as the “Shopee” and “Lazada” of building materials. Konstruk is unique because it directly links users to the nearest supplier in the area for easy delivery. “For example, you can buy  a bag of cement from Lazada worth P70, but the delivery price can go as high as P1000, depending on the location.” The app is

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