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.