Selfridges in Harpenden?

By Ron Taylor. Editor

When you look at the incredible variety of retail shops in Harpenden and Southdown it all adds up to a giant departmental store.


So next time you think of going to shop in London, think again, it could all be here on your doorstep. Save the train fare, spend a day in ‘the village’ and sample the fayre from one of the many bars or restaurants.

The list below shows what’s available (up to Roundwood but excludes Southdown)

Art Galleries x 1

Art/Picture Frame workshop x 2

Babies and young children shops x 1

Baker and Cake shops x 2

Banks x 4

Beauty Salon/Spa/Nails x 5

Beauty/Cosmetics x 4

Betting shop x 1

Book shop x 1

Butcher x 1

Building Societies x 4

Carpet and flooring  x 3

Charity shops x 9

Chemists x 4

Coffee Bars/Tea shops x 9

Delicatessen x 2

DIY and Paint x 1

Dry Cleaners x 4

Empty Shops x 8

Estate Agents & Letting Agents x 11

Fast Food x 6

Florist x 2

Frozen Foods x 1

Furniture and fabric shops x 1

Convenience stores x 2

Gift & Card shops x 4

Health shops x 1

Jewellers x 3

Kitchen/Bathroom shops x 2

Ladies Hairdressers x 10

Ladies wear x 7

Men’s hairdressers x 5

Men’s wear x 1

Newsagents x 2

Opticians x 4

Phone shop x 2

Pet shop x 1

Post Office x 1

Restaurants x 15

Sandwich shop x 2

Sweet shops x 1

Shoe shops x 2

Shoe repairs x 1

Sporting goods x 1

Supermarkets x 3

Travel agents x 2

TV, Video & Hi FI shop x 1

Wine shops x 3

Local shop owners face many problems.

Rising rent and rates...declining disposable consumer incomes...pressure by the supermarkets to take market share from the independents...increasing popularity of shopping centres and internet shopping.

So go out and support your local shops.

New bathroom and plumbing services now in Harpenden at District and Modern Stores.

In July many Harpenden residents were dismayed to learn about the imminent closure of the Jacksons bathroom and plumbing business which had been trading on the High Street for 29 years. Jon Greer, a trusted and long term employee and owner since 2007, was also about to lose his job.

Thankfully Martin Gay the boss of MJG Property Maintenance and District and Modern Stores recognised the opportunity to expand his company activities by employing Jon and opening a bathroom and plumbing service on the first floor of the well established retail unit in Vaughan Road.

This was a natural expansion as MJG had been using Jacksons for many years and were well aware of the scale of their operation. So now Harpenden has a single retail shop where you can buy all your home needs for plumbing and decorating with specialist advice you can trust and at prices that are as competitive as any other retailer including the big names.

When you see dozens of trade business users at the shop you know it must be good.

The last month has seen the upstairs area cleared to make space for all the bathroom, sanitary ware and plumbing products with a desk for Jon to control the operation. So now you can call in and speak to Jon about all your needs whether it’s a new tap or a new bathroom. Bring a simple diagram of your bathroom and loo with dimensions and your budget. Jon can then take you through all the options, recommending products and give you prices. He will even recommend installers and tile and flooring experts to do the whole job. What more could you ask?

MJG Property Maintenance have been established in Harpenden for 28 years building a reputation for trust and reliability. Director Martin Gay said “We  know the trade inside out and as a firm we look after our customers with traditional values and personal service. We are looking forward to serving Harpenden residents for many years to come.” 

CONTACT DETAILS. District and Modern Stores

2 Vaughan Rd, Harpenden AL5 4ED

Phone: 01582 715004

The well established store at the bottom of Vaughan Road in the centre of Harpenden.

Martin Gay (left,Director of MJG)  in the first floor showroom with Jon Greer (right) the manager of the new Bathroom section where a large range of product is on display.

Real coffee and tasty food on the go Thursday - Sunday from Emilio’s in the Town centre by the Library.

Christmas style with handmade Door Wreaths, Swags and Table Centres from Perry Florist. Place your order now...on the Harpenden High Street.