Hardware store looks to future as site is agreed

Williamson Hardware Broomhill
Williamson Hardware Broomhill
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A FAMILY-RUN Sheffield business being forced to make way for a supermarket is to remain in the area after securing a new home next door.

Williamson Hardware will vacate its current Fulwood Road premises in Broomhill at the end of November.

The shop’s landlord has chosen not to renew its lease, preferring to make alterations to the building for a Sainsbury’s store.

But Williamson, which has been trading for more than 50 years, will continue to serve the community from its new location when it moves to the nearby former Blackwell’s bookshop.

Andrew Williamson, store manager, has pledged to retain all his staff despite having to downsize his stock to fit inside the smaller site.

The 62-year-old said: “We haven’t signed all the papers yet, but are going to be moving next door.

“It is a lot smaller, so at the moment we have a sale on to try to shift some of the stock we won’t be able to fit in.

“We are trying to see this as an opportunity to change and take our business away from garden and DIY and more towards things like cookery.”

Andrew is hopeful none of his 13 employees will lose their jobs, despite the store’s new home being only a quarter of the size of its current premises.

He said: “We are going to try not to have to lose any staff. A company like ours is about people not profits.”

Williamson will move by the start of December, when the lease will transfer.

Paul Sellers, Sainsbury’s regional acquisitions manager, said: “With the future of Williamson secured, we’re delighted Sainsbury’s will be able to trade alongside retailers providing extra footfall, meaning more business for the area.”