Drews Ironmongers to close

Drews The Ironmongers in Caversham Road is set to cease trading at the end of this year. The Bell Tower Community Association will be sad to see them close as they have been very supportive of the association, including being a regular advertiser in our newsletter for several years and offering discounts to members.

Chris Drew from the family-run business said the decision was made with ‘great regret’ after years of loss making.

He told the Reading Chronicle: “After an extensive review of possible options for the company, the directors have proposed closing the business and disposing of the site for development.

“Drews has been in business in Reading for 87 years and has gained a first-class reputation for quality and service.

“We are working with our suppliers to ensure that we can continue to supply special orders as we always have done.”

The closure will result in the loss of 26 jobs. A stock clearance sale has already started, with 25 per cent off goods across the store.

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