A LONG-established Wyre Forest business has opened up a new DIY retail shop in Stourport.

Thompson & Parkes officially launched their first retail shop, located on the site of the old wedding shop at 106 Minster Road, on Saturday, September 14.

The shop, which is open seven days a week, offers decorating and gardening tools and accessories.

Company Director Jean Morris commented: “We want to thank everyone from the local area, the business community, the Mayor of Stourport and our staff for joining us as we celebrated Saturday’s official launch.

“This is our first retail shop and we very much look forward to meeting, serving and continuing to support the local community for many more years to come.”

The company employs over 20 local people and have been supporting DIY enthusiasts and sole traders since 1937.

They offer a range of building, timber, landscaping and plumbing products via their established Kidderminster and Oreton branches, offering a full Dulux paint mixing and colour match service which is now also available through their Stourport shop.

Jean added: “Our mantra is ‘Proud to be Local’ which meant it was fundamental that we recruited and sought services, trades and sundry items where possible locally, which we did and in less than two months.”