Builders, the chain for both DIY enthusiasts and building contractors, has a brand new store in Boksburg outside Johannesburg – and this time, it says, it has fixed many of the problems that annoy both kinds of customers.

The purpose-built cavernous warehouse is right next door to a 17-year-old store that epitomises one of the main gripes of contractors: a small yard where it is hard to load bulk materials such as sand and bricks, while every minute they’re waiting costs them money.

The new store, Builders says, has a materials yard designed to get contractors in, loaded up, and out again as fast as possible.