HOME HARDWARE

Personal Service, Professional Advice.

For over five decades, Wright’s Hardware Limited has served local communities by blending traditional High Street values with modern retail approaches. With its Head Office in Prestwick, the company is proud to be Prestwick-born-and-bred, and with the support of the thriving Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd distribution hub in Ardrossan, it is still very much a community-focused enterprise.

Having recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its store in Hawick, the company is now due to open a brand-new store in Bridge of Weir, after long-time Home Hardware member Sandy Gibb Stuart decided to retire and close his store in the Renfrewshire village in 2023. The closure of the store meant the end of 140 years of local service from what had been a painting contractors’ business for two generations, and a thriving hardware store for a further two.

Fiona Leary, the company’s Financial & Business Development Director, explains how the new store came about.

“We were getting emails from concerned local people saying ‘we can’t lose this service… it’s one of the anchors in the town’ so we looked at another building and decided to go ahead. We stayed on track with planning and were fortunate to open in the middle of April.

Having only acquired the property on 21st December, the quick turnaround opening the new store demonstrates the company’s determination to minimise the loss of services to the local community and wider High Street. It also highlights its willingness to adapt, change and move on in order to future-proof the business.

With this in mind, Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd upgraded its website last year, resulting in a more customer-friendly user experience and a much easier Click & Collect facility. The company also offers free local delivery, resulting in a viable alternative to the big DIY chains, and numerous positive reviews from satisfied customers.

“We are not giving in to our towns and cities being shaped by huge multi-national companies,” Fiona says. “I think it’s really important that people engage, not just with us, but with the florist, the grocer, everybody. People have to consciously choose that. Use it or lose it.”

And what better time to use it than when the days are getting longer and the temperatures a little warmer? Home Hardware has everything you could need for spring and summer with a wide range of garden furniture, BBQs, lawn mowers, pots and planters.

“We have some fantastic new furniture ranges,” Fiona confirms, “and affordable garden accessories, and our prices are just as competitive as ‘the sheds’ if not better.”

As well as being able to view and order products on the website, you can also expect a personal service and expert advice in store. This includes advice on everything from camping accessories to compost.

“Peat-free compost is quite a big thing for 2024,” Fiona advises. “It’s a big shift for the industry and a huge learning curve for the public.”

New legislation is due to be introduced preventing the sale of compost with peat content. As a result, representatives from one of the biggest suppliers of compost will advise Home Hardware staff on the changes.

“There are a lot of issues with it,” says Fiona. “It dries out very quickly, it doesn’t hold nutrients, and it needs to be mixed with other products.”

This will pose challenges for the lay-gardener but Home Hardware is keeping abreast of the changes and is therefore able to offer reliable advice to its customers. Yet another example of that personal service that means so much to local communities and, in turn, strengthens our local High Streets.

“People see more benefit from local businesses. It’s stronger for the local economy and gives people a reason to go to their local town. It’s so much better than a ‘big shed’ that hoovers up all the business and takes all the money away down south, or wherever it goes. We need to support local businesses and see local High Streets flourish. 2024 will see us supporting 180 local jobs.”

With eleven stores across Scotland, five of which are in Ayrshire, Wrights Home Hardware has everything
you need for spring, summer and beyond. So, to use Fiona’s words: “Shop local, shop local, shop local!”

Click & Collect at homehardwaredirect.co.uk