Old Town hardware store opens after fire

Harry Papadopoulos from Trend DIY SUS-141022-160905001
Harry Papadopoulos from Trend DIY SUS-141022-160905001

A popular independent DIY and hardware shop is reopening after a fire nearly destroyed the Old Town business six months ago.

Trend DIY has had a complete refit following a fire in the office on April 25.

The store in Green Street will reopen to customers on Saturday and owner Harry Papadopoulos and his wife Haroula say they can’t wait to be back up and running.

Mr Papadopoulos, 61, told the Herald, “Obviously it was a huge shock to us and all sort of things go through your mind. We considered not opening again but we weren’t ready to retire and we had such amazing support from our customers that we knew we had to return.”

The fire started in the office due to an electrical fault. The office was destroyed and the rest of the shop was covered in black soot.

Mr Papadopoulos said, “Everything is completely new now and we have got the latest computers installed.

“We will be doing all the things that we used to do but hope to get a wider range of stock in too.”

Mr Papadopoulos said his was one of only a few shops to still be stocking old fashioned light bulbs. He explained regular customers were looking forward to stocking up.

The couple have been running the shop for 29 years and when they open their doors on Saturday it will be six months to the day that the fire ripped through the building.

Mr Papadopoulos said, “It has been a bit of a struggle but we are getting there now and can’t wait to open the doors on Saturday.”

In the past six months, the couple have been approached in the street by customers and been sent supportive emails and cards from their regulars.

Mr Papadopoulos said, “Whether we are in M&S or Waitrose, people come up and talk to us.

“We even saw two of our regular customer in Shoreham.

“We would like to thank the community for all their support.”