Choose Drews

Many of the people who talk up the need to keep using the independent retailers can be found cramming the car parks of B&Q, Tesco and PC World at weekends.

The usual use ’em or lose ’em plea often falls on deaf ears so I thought it worthwhile to illustrate the benefits of one of Reading’s finest independents through experiences of myself and a colleague.

I went into Drews the Ironmongers in Caversham Road one lunchtime to buy nothing more than a spring washer. The man behind the counter weighed it. “It doesn’t even register, mate, you can have it,” he said.

A few weeks later a colleague sought advice on buying a ballcock. He was shown that the all he was likely to need was a rubber bung, costing 19p.

If I could make one plea to Drews it would be to open longer hours. Then B&Q will never match it.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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