Strand Paint and Hardware Build it
Build it is a voluntary group of independent retailers specializing in building materials and related hardware. Build it is a dynamic organisation boasting a market leading growth in the hardware and building materials industry.
The organisation currently has a membership of in excess of 285 stores in Southern Africa, and employs approximately 8250 people.
Build it is a division of the SPAR Group Limited (www.spar.co.za) and the stores are serviced by six regional offices, a central office and a distribution centre.
Stores are currently based in urban and rural areas throughout Southern Africa. We have stores in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. We will soon be expanding to Botswana, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
In 1984, with a membership of only 20, largely rural independent retailers, Build it launched in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Moving inland in the 1990’s, expansion was steady but slow until a decision was made in 2000 to take the group national.
In the first five years numbers grew from 26 to 172 with market coverage including the whole of Southern Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zambia.
Build its target market embraces all activity within the building and hardware industry, focussing particularly on the building of the basic urban house, the ‘township’ house, rural housing and all home improvements. This includes a product offering to service the upper LSM’s.
These focus areas include:
DIY (Do it yourself)
BIY (Build it yourself)
SME’S (Small and medium enterprises)
We aim to provide a full solution to build a home from the foundations to the fittings.