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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.

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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

Monochrome in Harpenden at OUI


Oui have an exceptional online...home delivery or click and collect.



14 Bower's Parade, Harpenden

01582 766 142