National builders merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has opened a brand new shop at its south east London base as the firm 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 enthusiastic DIYers in the up-and-coming Brockley area of London.
Howarth stocks a host of building supplies across two storeys at the retail outlet, including decorating sundries. The shop’s dedicated flooring showroom offers a wide variety of products from Woodpecker, Quick Step and Elka, allowing customers to purchase all the goods they need for a project under just one roof.
The shop is on the same site as the Howarth branch on Endwell Road, which has traded since June 1989 and which remains open, selling timber and larger goods to customers.
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. Howarth products were used for the major refurbishment of the building, including Howarth oak for the shop counter.
Moving the shop into the bank increases storage space for Howarth, with the firm’s old shop being used for stock, while the shopfront is now on the main road, allowing for improved visibility and access.
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.”