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Broad Street DIY celebrates its 40th anniversary

Published: 16 January 2019 - Kiran Grewal

Family run DIY store, Broad Street DIY, in Worcestershire proudly celebrated its 40th business anniversary early January 2019. Broad Street DIY, in Bromsgrove, was opened by Tony and Linda Warren on 8 January 1979. The business has grown significantly from its humble beginnings and today three generations of the Warren family work there. Whilst Tony remains the ‘Boss’ his son Paul was appointed managing director in 2002. The business is also managed by Paul’s brother Brian, Paul’s wife Hayley and his sister Lisa. Paul’s son Liam represents the third generation working for the family business.

The turning point for Broad Street DIY came in 2001 when the shop moved to larger premises. This meant a wider range of products could be stocked and an outside yard allowed for greater expansion into landscaping and building materials. A first-floor kitchen and bathroom showroom opened in 2009.

A business at the heart of the local community, Broad Street DIY has raised thousands of pounds for charities over the years and taken part in numerous community-based projects; supporting Age UK Men in Sheds, The Royal British Legion, Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, Primrose Hospice, and local schools - to name a few. The shop has also won a variety of local and national awards, including DIY Retailer of the Year in 2017.

Anniversary celebrations were run in store from Tuesday January 8 till Sunday 13. Throughout this time the shop was decorated with hundreds of green balloons and there was a special visitor’s book for customers to leave comments.

The main events took place on the Saturday – when the first forty customers through the door were given a free goody bag. Customers also enjoyed some special offers with 40% off key cutting and 10 per cent off goods throughout the store.

A family affair [L-R] Brian, Liam and Tim Warren, Lisa Childs, Paul, Hayley and Tony Warren
A family affair [L-R] Brian, Liam and Tim Warren, Lisa Childs, Paul, Hayley and Tony Warren

A customer since the original Broad Street DIY premises opened, Carl Bancroft, said: “When the Warrens took over back in 1979 there was nowhere quite like it in the area at that time. They realised very quickly what their customers required and the key to their success has always been having the right products at the right price.”

He continued: “It’s been wonderful seeing Tony’s children, and their children join the business. They are a hard-working family deserving of all their success. Long may it continue.” 

Paul Warren, managing director, said: “Over the years Broad Street DIY has experienced some very challenging trading conditions, we have survived three recessions in the past forty years! We are immensely proud to be celebrating four decades of serving the local community. We work very hard to maintain high standards of customer service because without the support of our customers we wouldn’t be here today.”

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