Leyland SDM has been a home improvement stalwart in London since 1985 and now operates more than 30 shops across the capital. But with competition from B&Q’s new small-format stores, it’s more important than ever for the retailer to sharpen its store estate and push on with its expansion plans. 

Located a short stroll from Kensington Olympia tube station, Leyland SDM’s refreshed Kensington store represents a new look for the home improvement retailer. 

Following a “significant investment”, the store now features a bright new look, expanded product ranges and extra services. 

A new custom paint service area features additional tills so tradespeople don’t have to queue behind shoppers looking to mix custom paint.

Bolstering the mixing service, the store offers more than 40,000 paint options, including lines from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Osmo.

In a first for the retailer, the Kensington store gives customers the chance to order luxury and designer wallpaper from in-store sample books. 

Downstairs, there’s an enhanced timber range, including planed timber, sheet materials, decorative mouldings and panelling.

CEO Martin Hastings said: “We are delighted to unveil our completely refreshed Kensington store. We have spent considerable time and money in bringing new ideas to this store, which will be of significant benefit to our customers and colleagues.

“We have plans for further investment in our 33 stores as the year progresses, as we continue on our trajectory of growth across London.”