Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Friday 1 March welcomed the official opening of a new Al-Murad DIY superstore on Stadium Industrial Estate in Reading.
Alok was joined by Director of Al-Murad, Irfaan Patel, and local residents who were invited to come along and get involved with the celebrations, including a raffle offering great prizes including top of the line tile cutters.
There were also professional demonstrations for DIY fans from Rubi Tools, who provide a range of tile cutting equipment and Mapei, a company specialising in adhesives, sealants and chemical products.
In addition to the activities that took place on the day, Al-Murad has also provided donations to two local charities; Ability Housing, supporting disadvantaged and disabled people to live an independent life and Cross Roads Care Reading, providing respite for full time carers of dependents.
Al-Murad, which reported a turnover of £26 million during 2012, adds Reading to its portfolio of 41 stores and 30 franchise outlets nationwide.
Alok Sharma said: “I was pleased to be invited to open this new DIY superstore in Reading, and welcome the boost in new jobs that this will provide. The fact that Al-Murad have selected Reading for the opening of this superstore is a big demonstration of confidence in the local economy and I wish them the best of success in the future.”
Local Councillor Sandra Vickers, who was also invited to the event, said: “I am delighted that another successful business is coming to Reading and employing local people.”
Nadim Iqbal, Al-Murad Store Manager said: “We are pleased to announce the official opening of our store in Reading. We hope that people from the local community will come along to visit the store and let us know what they think, we are certainly very proud of it. As the largest reseller of tiles in the UK we have a full selection of quality products at affordable prices. People can take advantage of our opening offers, which will see them save up to 15 percent on any DIY products they choose including paints, wallpaper and even bathroom suites.”