Beaumont Tiles buys Queensland's Majer stores

THE new Queensland head of Australia's largest independent tiling retailer predicts the state's sluggish economy will receive a much needed shot of adrenalin from domestic kitchen and bathroom renovators.

Tony Majer has been appointed state manager of Beaumont Tiles following its purchase of his family's long-established business, Majer Tiles.

Beaumont Tiles has bought Majer Tiles' six stores and two warehouses in Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Mr Majer said all of Majer's 43 employees would keep their jobs.

"The acquisition will be a catalyst for the opening of a new warehouse in Brisbane and a $2 million-plus investment in introducing best of breed IT systems into the business," Mr Majer said.

Mr Majer said a Housing Industry Association report which predicted a 7.4% surge in Queensland kitchen and bathroom installations in new homes in 2012-13 means the new operation is well placed to take advantage.

"The most recent HIA prediction for Queensland was for a 7.5% growth in home renovations, which would place the State second only to Tasmania," Mr Majer said.

"The HIA says that while Queensland renovation spending fell by nearly 2% in late 2011, we then entered a significant upswing.

"The high costs of moving and cautious household spending have been driving owner-occupiers to invest in their existing properties and we've certainly been seeing that in our business."

The acquisition and re-branding gives Beaumont Tiles 25 outlets in Queensland. It comes 44 years after Majer Tiles was founded with a single showroom in Cairns.

Beaumont Tiles Chief Operations Officer Danny Casey said Majer Tiles was an already healthy business that will be re-invigorated and be taken to the next level.

"There were strong synergies between the companies and a similar ethos that grew out of being a family owned businesses," Mr Casey said.

"Tony is well known throughout the industry and brings a wealth of experience to Beaumont Tiles."

Beaumont Tiles Managing Director Bob Beaumont said: "While the commitment to service will stay the same, home and commercial customers will notice an expanded product range and lower prices that the expanded group's buying power will bring."

Beaumont Tiles turns over $150 million a year from more than 90 retail outlets around the country, of which half are company stores with the remainder being franchised. The Majer Tiles purchase is its third major acquisition in a decade. The company has also made three smaller acquisitions of single store owners during that period.

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