A POPULAR Bromsgrove family-run DIY shop will be celebrating its 40th anniversary early in the new year.
Broad Street DIY was opened by Tony and Linda Warren on January 8 1979 and was originally located on Broad Street, in Sidemoor.
The business has grown from humble beginnings – when local deliveries were made by Tony and his brother Tim, using a trailer hitched to an old Cortina car.
Today three generations of the Warren family work at Broad Street DIY.
Whilst Tony remains the ‘boss’ his son Paul was appointed managing director in 2002. Paul has worked at the shop since it first opened, when he was 11 years old.
The business is also managed by Paul’s brother Brian, Paul’s wife Hayley and his sister Lisa. Paul’s son Liam represents the third generation working for the family business.
The turning point for Broad Street DIY came in 2001 when the decision was made to move from Sidemoor to the shop’s current Worcester Road location, still maintaining its ‘Broad Street DIY’ name.
Larger premises meant a much wider range of products could be stocked and an outside yard, in nearby Factory Lane, allowed for greater expansion into landscaping and building materials.
A first-floor kitchen and bathroom showroom opened in 2009.
For this week's Bromsgrove Standard Podcast we interview Paul Warren from Broad Street DIY which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week –
Posted by Bromsgrove Standard on Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Paul said: “Over the years Broad Street DIY has experienced some very challenging trading conditions, we have survived three recessions in the past forty years.
“We are immensely proud to be celebrating four decades of serving the local community.
“We work very hard to maintain high standards of customer service because without the support of our customers we wouldn’t be here today.”
Carl Bancroft, a local resident, has been a customer since the original Broad Street DIY premises opened in Sidemoor.
He said: “When the Warrens took over back in 1979 there was nowhere quite like it in the area at that time.
“They realised very quickly what their customers required and the key to their success has always been having the right products at the right price.
“It’s been wonderful seeing Tony’s children, and their children join the business.
“They are a hard-working family deserving of all their success and long may it continue.”
As part of the shop’s celebrations, the first forty customers through the door on Saturday, January 12, will receive a free goody bag. There will also be some special anniversary offers in store this month.
For more details call 01527 873555 or visit facebook.com/BroadStreetDIY
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