Independent family store celebrates 30th anniversary

Grace Witherden


A family-run independent shop will be celebrating its anniversary this month after serving the community for 30 years.

St David’s Stores, a hardware shop in Farm Road, was run by Bob and Georgina Harding since 1986.

In 2005, when they retired, the store was taken over by their daughter Erica and her husband Peter King.

Their daughter Holly has been working alongside them since she was 14. Now 24, Holly said: “I have had an interest in the shop  from a young age. I would spend weekends there while mum, dad, nan and granddad were working. I would sit out back and sometimes I would help fill up stock.

“Although I never had any solid career aspirations as a child, my grandparents and parents were always an inspiration to me. I am proud of what we have created and achieved over the last 30 years and I hope we can keep our family legacy going for years to come."

She continued: “Working as a family has always been very important to us, as can be seen through the three generations that have worked here, so far.  My little cousin, who is 11, is already asking how long it will be until he can have a Saturday job.”

The store offers advice with DIY to their customers and tries to provide a ‘unique, personal experience’ to the community.

Holly continued: “We believe local independent stores are extremely valuable to our community. As part of the community, we feel it is important to give back to those who have supported us through-out the years and we try to support our customers, tradesmen and other local businesses.”

To celebrate the milestone, any reader who brings this article to the store will receive 10 per cent off all purchases of £30 and over from today Friday until Friday, August 26.

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