Despite the continued uncertainty and disruption caused by Covid, it has been a busy and successful year for Harts of Stur, the fourth-generation family-owned company based in the North Dorset market town of Sturminster Newton. With many high street stores struggling to keep afloat, Harts have continued to buck the trend, embarking on an ambitious multi-million-pound expansion and redevelopment project.
Early September saw the opening of their new garden department, now an integral part of the store. This light and airy space offer a much-improved customer experience with more room for permanent and seasonal displays.
The next stage of the project – the store’s new car park – was completed just in time for reopening after the second round of lockdown. This new area, on the site of the old garden shop, will provide easy access to the store with much needed additional parking spaces. The final stage of the project will see the opening of a coffee shop in early 2021.
Although Harts of Stur decided to close their store during the second lockdown period, they provided a vital local click & collect service for essential items whilst their website (hartsofstur.com) continued to operate throughout, seeing unprecedented demand.