THE store that sells almost everything – Westbourne DIY & Hardware is the trader of the week.
Located in the arcade, Westbourne DIY & Hardware is a popular shop run by husband and wife Chris and Philippa Lane.
It may be small, but it has a huge range of products, which is why many customers have compared it to a “real Aladdin’s cave” and a “do-it-yourselfer’s dream”.
In fact, there are so many products that some have to be displayed outside the store.
Chris said: ‘There are kitchen utensils, hardware, crafts, electrical, stationery, light bulbs, paints, cleaning stuff, gardening stuff. We do a bit of everything. »
And that’s not all. The store’s wide range of inventory also includes, but is not limited to, car accessories, toys and pet food, gifts and candies.
Chris added: “It’s just what people have been asking for over the years. If we are asked for something three or four times, we feel like no one can get into the zone, so we do our best to get it.
Westbourne DIY & Hardware has remained a well-known Westbourne store, but its home hasn’t always been in the arcade.
In fact, its original owner started the business as a wallpaper store elsewhere in town, before turning it into a hardware store.
Chris said: “Philippa worked for the guy who owned it before, he had it since 1977. It was originally on the road.
“He was retiring, so we took him on. The owner wanted to double the lease, so we moved to another store.
Since taking over the business 16 years ago, Chris and Philippa have continued to expand the product line and their relationships within the community.
An online review even described the couple as “the nicest people you’ll ever meet.”
Chris said: “We bought a good business and kept building.
“Since Covid reopening we have been even busier.”
In recent months, the store has also introduced key cutting, which Chris says is “very popular”. He added: “We make a good price; I didn’t realize it until people came in and told me what they’re paying for elsewhere!”
Westbourne DIY & Hardware can be found in the Westbourne Arcade.