This subfonds includes material from Texas Homecare, which was taken over by J Sainsbury plc in 1995. Contains papers, press cuttings, videos, photographs, advertisements, publications and images.
Texas Homecare was established in 1972 by Manny, Sydney and Gerald Fogel, who had previously founded the high street specialist paint and wallpaper chain Home Charm. Taking their lead from America, they revolutionised the UK DIY market, with the introduction of the 'DIY shed' style outlet. In 1995 Texas Homecare was bought by Sainsburys to boost its Homebase stores. The Texas stores were rebranded and converted to the Homebase format, beginning with the Longwell Green store in Bristol in February 1996, with the process completed by 1999. In October 1999 Sainsbury's bought Hampden Group plc, the franchisee of 10 Homebase stores across Ireland. Sainsbury's sold the Homebase chain in December 2000 in a two-fold deal worth £969 million. The sale of the chain of 283 stores to venture capitalist Schroder Ventures generated £750 million and the sale of 28 development sites to rival B&Q's parent company, Kingfisher plc generated £219 million. At the time, the chain had 13% of the UK market, behind B&Q and Focus Do It All.
For other subsidiary and associate companies, see: SA/GIA (Giant Foods); SA/SBHS (Savacentre); SA/SGB (Homebase); SA/SHAW (Shaw's); SA/FRE (Freezer Centres).
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