A generational Knebworth business will continue to serve its long-standing customer base after selling its site for property development.
Following the news that the town’s Chas Lowe & Sons was to leave its London Road premises, builders merchant Gibbs & Dandy has stepped in to safeguard jobs and supply the area’s building community.
Gibbs & Dandy, which already has branches in Luton and Bedford, will open a new Stevenage branch – less than three miles away from the Chas Lowe & Sons site – in order to service the customer base, and visitors will see some familiar sights.
As well as offering posts at the new branch to the entire Chas Lowe & Sons team, Gibbs & Dandy is paying tribute to the role that the business has played in the local community by erecting its old trading sign at the new Stevenage premises.
There will also be permanent recognition of the connection between the two in the form of ‘business history’ plaque, and Gibbs & Dandy managing director Neil Lawrence is delighted to keep the link alive.
He said: “Chas Lowe & Sons is an extremely respected business in the region and when we heard that the site was going to be sold, we were very keen on ensuring that the community continued to have a merchant to turn to and that the great history of the business was preserved.
“We’re really pleased that the vast majority of the team have decided to join us in Stevenage, and we have also had some great conversations with customers about continuing to care for their business in the same way that Chas Lowe & Sons has done for so long.
“We think it is only right that the new branch recognises the role that Chas Lowe & Sons will have played in its inception, and it’s great to be able to bring the old trading sign across.
“Gibbs & Dandy has invested heavily in opening branches in this region and building a reputation as the areas trusted and flexible merchant. We are really excited about this new branch and we look forward to opening the doors and welcoming our customers.”
The new branch will opened on Gunnels Wood Park in Stevenage. For further information visit www.gibbsanddandy.com