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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 Lane 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

Cards, Books, Stationary, Papers and Magazines x 1

Carpet and flooring  x 2

Charity shops x 9

Chemists x 4

Coffee Bars/Tea shops x 9

Delicatessen x 2

DIY and Paint x 1

Dry Cleaners x 2

Empty Shops x 7

Estate Agents & Letting Agents x 11

Fast Food x 6

Financial Advice x 2

Fitness Centre/Gym/Pilates x 3

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 3

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 1

Shoe repairs x 1

Sporting goods x 1

Supermarkets x 4

Travel agents x 1

Vape products x 1

Wine shops x 2

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.

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If you want good advice before you buy in 2021 ask the experts. Lee Weatherhead at Good Sports.

Good Sports is a friendly independent local family run store established over 25 years. They supply a wide range of sports shoes, equipment and clothing for all your sporting needs.

4A Leyton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2TL  : 01582 767171


Phone: 07766072772

Free deliveries in Harpenden, St Albans and surrounding villages


With more people of all ages taking up cycling as part of a healthy life style there’s a need for expert advice on what to buy.

And then a follow up service if repairs are needed.

So where do you go?

The Bike Loft in Redbourn of course.

Founded in 2015 by Simon Barnes

and Lindy Fox (below) after customers

at their Coffee Shop (The Hub)  wanted

a “professional” cycle shop. The Hub

had established a growing band of

serious cyclists so a customer base

for the Bike Loft already existed.

Recognising the demand for this growth market Simon found a separate outlet a few hundred yards up the Redbourn High Street and opened the Bike Loft. Established now for 6 years it has provided a wide ranging bike sales, accessories and repair service much loved by all ages from seniors to young children.

The Bike Loft has been awarded

“ Best Bicyle Service & Repair business in Hertfordshire 2020” by UK Transport Awards

ALSO has been chosen by GARMIN /TAXC... to be a “ Centre of Excellence “ for their cycling related indoor trainers and computers.

AND one of the few stores in the country to have the NEW Taxc Neo 2 trainer in stock....

ORDER ON LINE via their web site, and collect from

70 High St, Redbourn, AL3 7LN Phone: 01582 742900


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Not only green in colour but also sustainable.

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From stunning cashmere jumpers to cosy, sporty jackets and luxury coats.

Find them at OUI.


Take advantage of our delivery service, or choose to click & collect, it’s up to you!

14 Bower's Parade, Harpenden

01582 766 142


Some High Street Businesses in Harpenden are trading well during the Lockdown.

By Ron Taylor. Editor Harpendia.com

No shocks that the 3 big supermarkets are really busy, what surprised me was the report from Loveweds Jewellers on the scale of their sales since Christmas.

They have been liaising with customers over the phone/email and on line. Discussing their ideas for various jewellery items; supplying designs, giving estimates and then creating the items ready for customers to ‘click and collect’ from the shop on the High Street. I asked owner Mitchel Barres for the secret of his success.

“Over the past 91/2 years I have built a reputation for quality, service and value so Harpenden and surrounding (up to 50 miles away) clients trust me to deliver. Take a look at a few of the sales I have made here”. SEE BELOW

So it you are looking for any jewellery items this Spring give me a call on landline 01582 761866 (live answering service) or my mobile 07956 334262


HARPENDEN  ranked at No 9 in the UK

Beaconsfield has been named as Britain’s leading shopping location according to new Harper Dennis Hobbs research ranking the nation’s best performing retail centres.

The Buckinghamshire market town topped 1,000 retail centres compiled by HDH. To read the full analysis, download the Vitality Rankings report below.

According to several factors, the HDH Vitality Ranking determines the health of high streets and shopping centres, including the change in residents’ movement, vacancy rates, and suitability to local consumers’ demands.

Andy Metherell, head of retail consultancy at HDH, explained:

“Our analysis is unique as we use variables that both consumers and retailers consider when assessing shopping locations to rank the top 1,000 retail centres in Great Britain. This Vitality Ranking looks very different from previous years as the ‘retail health’ of high streets across the country has seen contrasting fortunes since the start of the pandemic.


  1. 2.Henley-on-Thames

3. Tenterden

  1. 4.Wimbledon Village

  2. 5.Marlborough

  3. 6.Sevenoakes

  4. 7.Kingston Upon Thames

  5. 8.Berkhamsted

  6. 9. Harpenden

  7. 10.Ilkley

The Harpenden Estate is the

block of ground shops and

second floor offices and flats

running from Space NK to Papa

John’s, then round

to the side facing Waitrose.

Pears Property has bought an unbroken

block of shops in Harpenden as it

seeks to deploy capital into the real

estate sector. The firm has bought

the 1.1-acre Harpenden Estate from

Columbia Threadneedle for

around £15m – a circa 8% yield.

The freehold, mixed-use island site on Harpenden High Street comprises 29 shops let to tenants including Waterstones, Space NK and JoJo Maman Bebe, four residential blocks and some office space.

The site had been under offer to St Albans District Council for more than £18.7m early in 2020, but the deal came under fire from councillors and was put on hold following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The deal ultimately fell through and Pears, as an all-cash buyer, was able to swoop in to buy the asset in around a week.

Pears has bought more than £50m of property from Columbia Threadneedle so far this year as the fund seeks to raise funds to service redemptions. Earlier this year, Pears spent £35m buying the Hornet Portfolio, a collection of seven industrial assets in Dorset, Sunderland and Newcastle, from Threadneedle.

Pears was unable to comment on the deal, but sources said the group had been attracted to the Harpenden Estate due to the affluence of the local area and strength of community retail. It is also understood to be keen to deploy more funds into the sector and is targeting opportunistic acquisitions, particularly in the industrial sector.

Harpendia will be speaking to the shop owners this week for their reactions AND also to Pears Property for their thoughts on future development of the the block.

Ron Taylor, Editor.

Mother’s Day Gifting Ideas from the Harpenden High Street...Eating In or Floral Gifts of a new Gin.

Order a takeaway from Giggling Squid with a home delivery

Order your flowers from Perry Florist

Harpenden Classic Dry Gin is only available from us directly at our website www.spiritofherts.co.uk. Prices are £18 for 200ml, £39 for 500ml or £49 for 700ml. So it pays to buy big!