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Home improvement chain Wickes was founded by Henry Dunn Wickes, in Michigan, United States, back in 1854. It was more than a century later, in 1972, that Wickes Corporation and British builders merchant, Sankeys, opened its first store in the United Kingdom. Wickes was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987 but became embroiled in a scandal in June 1996, when it was discovered that the business had overstated its profits. The retailer turned itself around and was bought by Focus Do It All in September 2000. Less than five years later, it was sold to builders merchants Travis Perkins. Wickes’ demerger was completed in April 2021, when Wickes floated on the London Stock Exchange.