Branch News
December 23, 2021

MKM opens doors to Sunderland branch with help from footballing hero

MKM, opened the doors to its latest branch, in Sunderland, with help from local legend Jimmy Montgomery.

The ex-Sunderland AFC goalkeeper, who made more than 500 appearances for the team across the 1960s and 70s, was guest of honour as MKM unveiled its newest branch on December 13th.

Located on a sizeable plot on the city’s Ryhope Road, MKM Sunderland brings together a comprehensive building and trade product portfolio, a unique landscaping provision and state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom showroom. Indeed, the Sunderland branch is the first in the business’s 93-strong national network to feature a retail-specific entrance – making it easier than ever before for homeowners to access MKM’s leading kitchen and bathroom offering.

aerial view of Sunderland and branch

As well as a chance to look around the brand-new site, visitors to MKM Sunderland’s open day also had a chance to meet footballing hero Jimmy Montgomery, who gave away 10 signed footballs and Sunderland AFC shirts to lucky customers.

In addition, much loved local charity, Foundation of Light, the official charity of Sunderland AFC, also attended on the day. Foundation of Light harnesses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of children, adults and families across the North East, and is the chosen charity partner for MKM’s Sunderland branch.

The new branch is headed up by three directors – Andy Docherty, Steven         Rochester and Jamie Garnett – who, between them, have decades of experience within the merchant sector.

MKM Sunderland, Jimmy Montgomery and Foundation of Light Charity

Speaking at the launch, branch co-director Andy Docherty said: “It’s fantastic to have finally opened the doors of this amazing branch to the builders, tradespeople and homeowners of Sunderland. As well as an unbeatable range of building supplies available at our trade counter, we’re excited to be showcasing our kitchen and bathroom showroom – a really stunning addition to the branch. Jamie, Steven and myself are proud of the team we’ve assembled, and we’re so happy to be up and running and doing what we do best.”

Kate Tinsley, CEO at MKM Building Supplies, added: “After a 12 months of branch openings, it’s great to end the year on such a high. The new MKM Sunderland branch looks absolutely fantastic, with a particularly impressive kitchen and bathroom showroom, and I have every confidence they’ll prove to be a key addition to our growing national network.”