Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has opened a new shop at its South East London base as the merchant continues to expand and invest in its branches ahead of its 175th anniversary.
The merchant, which celebrates the milestone next year, opened the store on Shardeloes Road to cater for the trade, self-builders and DIYers in the up-and-coming Brockley area of London.
The shop is on the same site as the Howarth branch on Endwell Road, which has traded since June 1989.
Inside a 100-year-old bank, the new Howarth shop boasts characteristics including a former vault and an impressive facade with large windows, letting in plenty of natural light.
Gary Ford, general manager of Howarth’s London branches, said: “We see this new shop as an Aladdin’s cave – we stock everything from bolts and door handles to jigsaw blades and drill bits. The shop is easily accessible and we hope to serve the surrounding community’s DIY needs, as well as those of our trade customers.
“We have expanded the range of stock we sell by 20% and offer a collection service for customers, as well as responding to customer’s stock requests. This is an exciting time for us and we are delighted at the success we’ve seen at the shop so far.”