As the name implies, Build It retailers offer a range of building and hardware supplies for both the private and commercial sectors. This group of over 285 stores in Southern Africa specialize in providing quality supplies and selling well-known hardware and building brands to consumers, offering a full spectrum of products that can build a complete home.
The voluntary membership-based organisation is a division of the Spar Group Ltd, with a central office, distribution centre, and 6 regional offices. Stores can be found all over Southern Africa, in rural and urban areas in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Namibia. The group also plans to expand to other Southern African countries such as Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Botswana.
Build It launched in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1984, and went national in 2000 after gradual expansion throughout South Africa. Build It stores offer well-known building supply brands along with their own housebrand of quality goods that save you money on your building needs. The competitive prices offer the customer alternative choices without compromising on quality.
The Build It group focuses in particular on the building and hardware industry for:
- Building of rural housing
- Building of basic urban or suburban houses
- Building of “township” houses
- All home improvement projects.
As well as servicing the lower income groups, Build It also offers products aimed at higher income groups. These products include:
- Build It Yourself (BIY) products
- Do It Yourself (DIY) products
- Supplies and products for contractors
- Building supplies and hardware for small and medium business enterprises.
Some of the many services and supplies offered by Build It stores
The option of buying on credit: At the discretion of the retail store owner, credit is provided at certain Build It stores, mainly to building contractors. Credit facilities are also provided through partnering financial institutions.
Most Build It stores offer key cutting services.
If you need paint mixing, certain stores are able to provide facilities for paint tinting. Build It stores with this capability offer Plascon paints as well as the Build It house brand of paints. Check with your closest store if the tinting facility is provided.
In selected stores, contractors and private builders can bring in building plans and Build It can quote on the necessary quantities of supplies needed as well as discuss building requirements for the job.
Not to worry about transporting heavy and awkward supplies and many Build It stores do deliver. Contact your nearest store for further details.
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Build It stores offer products and services under different departments, many of which also stock the housebrand products. The various departments (these may vary store by store) include:
- Cement: stocking the leading manufacturers of cement products
- Decorative supplies: As a one-stop shop, Build It stores can also help with the decorative aspects and finishing touches of construction.
- Gypsum products: Flat sheets
- Furniture for domestic use: Build It stores also stock kitchen units and kitchen appliances.
- Fencing: To keep your property secured, Build It stores stock galvanized chain link fencing as well as other metal options such as structural steel, angle irons etc.
- Electrical requirements: Outlets, cords, plug points, fittings etc.
- Garden and Outdoor: The garden is an extension of the home, and the garden and outdoor department stocks all gardening requirements for both the casual and serious gardener.
- Joinery and Opening: For all your entrances, door frames, window frames etc.
- General and Hardware: Nails, fixings, screws, and a range of other hardware needs.
- Plumbing needs: Build It stocks major brands associated with plumbware.
- Roofing material: All roofing supplies are SABS approved.
- Rainwater goods: Gutters and accompaniments.
- Structural timber
- Construction tools
- Wall and Floor: Ceramic tiles as well as a range of other options.
- Wet Trade: Ready-mix products, stone, sand and other supplies.
To locate your nearest store, visit their website on www.buildit.co.za and use the “Store Finder” tool to direct you to your closest outlet. You can also call the customer care line on (031) 719 1759 to find out more about the products and services offered at a Build It store near you.