It’s taken just a single day for one of Penarth’s oldest retailers – the Robert James household goods store – to move lock, stock and barrel from its familiar corner shop in Glebe Street into a newly created section of Wasons DIY store in Windsor Road.
Yesterday two small “tuc-tuc” vans, supplied by John Bruno and his local fitness-training firm, were shuttling between the two premises transferring most of the remaining Robert James stock to the new “shop within a shop” inside Wasons.
The proprietor of Robert James – and of Wasons – is well-known local retailer Nick Osborne – a former Mayor of Penarth. He said he was very pleased with the way the move had gone.
The operation was supervised by store manager Steve Gallagher and his team. Mr Gallagher, who has been working in Wasons for 35 years, is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the huge range of items stocked in the Windsor Road DIY store.
Working with Mr Gallagher on the move has been his wife Elaine who manages the Robert James part of the business.
Almost all the stock of Robert James, including kitchen utensils, crockery, pots and pans is now already on display in the Windsor Road store, where new signage has now been installed to indicate the area comprising the new Robert James section – now fully open for business.
The old Glebe St branch of Robert James will be closing towards the end of this month when the last of the remaining items there have been sold and the premises will then become available to lease.