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Builders Warehouse follows the big-box or warehouse retail format, offering home owners, DIY enthusiasts and building and maintenance contractors a comprehensive range of competitively priced products under one roof, with a large garden centre display and builders’ supplies yard. The format is unique in that it is the only home improvement warehouse in the country. There are 27 builders warehouse stores. 


Builders Warehouse and Builders Express are both pioneers in introducing retail principles to the South African DIY and home improvement sector and attaching garden centres to hardware stores. The clean, friendly and uncluttered look and feel of our stores offer customers a shopping experience not traditionally associated with the industry. Our new stores aim to introduce ‘retail theatre’ where lighting, colour and ambience enhance the shopping experience, signage is clean and bold, and product displays are enticing.

Several of our private brands, including Mastercraft and Builders Pride, have become household names, with our customers assured of stringent quality control and best supplier practices. During the year private label contributed more than 8% to sales at higher margins, a trend that we expect to continue.  


Massmart initially acquired five Builders Warehouse stores operating in Johannesburg and Pretoria in 2003, bought and rebranded three De La Rey stores in the Western Cape in 2005 and now operates 27 Builders Warehouse stores in eight provinces.