After 89 years in Stevenage High Street, traditional hardware store J Deamer & Son will permanently close its doors on March 25, with the owner's ill health forcing the decision.

“It is with great regret that Stuart Deamer wishes to announce the closure of J Deamer & Son hardware store from March 25," said a spokesperson.

“Sadly, no buyer came forward to continue the hardware side of the business since it was advertised in February 2022. However, the workshop on Church Lane will remain open and we will still offer service and sales of garden machinery and key cutting.


“This has been a difficult decision, as the family business has been in the High Street for 89 years and three generations, but unfortunately Stuart’s continued ill health has forced the decision.

“Stuart, Sarah and all the staff would like to thank you for your loyal support over the years and hope you will continue to support us in our next chapter.”

Planning permission has been granted by Stevenage Borough Council's Planning and Development Committee for the store to become a betting shop.

BoyleSports will take over the premises and, as part of the works associated with the change of use, will paint the 18th century Grade II-listed building blue.