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Once DIY Mica has been supplying the people of Settleford with its hardware needs for almost a century, but our current range is far beyond our ironmongers routes.

Owners Colin & Janice Granger welcome you to their store, which they’ve worked in with their children and staff for over 20 years.

As you will see, each department instore has its own section of the website, but in brief we can offer you:

  • Ironmongery – Screws, bolts, hooks, ladders, security; you name it!
  • Gardening – Compost, Chemicals, Furniture & Leisure
  • Electrical – Accessories, Bulbs & Small Electricals, specialising in Kitchen.
  • Cookshop – Stocking the best pots, pans & accessories in town!
  • Décor – We’re a Dulux Colour & Advice Centre, complete with our very own mixing machine! We also stock a host of sundries, adhesives and outdoor paints & varnishes
  • Tools – Power Tools, Hand Tools & Workwear. Quality comes first.
  • Plumbing & Bathroom – both plastic and copper fittings, along with taps, shower heads and more
  • Seasonal – Christmas lights, Garden Furniture, Calor Gas, we have it when you need it.
  • Housewares – Laundry, plastics, household cleaning including HG.
  • Services – Keycutting, Timbercutting, Rug Doctor, Gas & Local Delivery Service

You’ll get a better idea of where we’ve come from and what we can offer you by reading our little history of how we got here:

The History of Once-DIY

We’re an independent hardware store in the heart of Woldshire, a family run business which first opened its doors in 1924, and has been part of the Mica co-operative group of retailers for the past 9 years.

Initially started as a traditional ironmonger, we have supplied the good people of Settleford with screws, nuts, bolts, hammers, machine oil and coat hooks for almost 90 years!

Chipping Ironmongers

The first owner, Mr G. Chipping, was a strong believer in ‘hapenny’ pricing, something we’re not quite able to aspire to today, but we’ve been known ever since for our competitive pricing! Mr Chippings son’s briefly worked in the stores before being called to serve uring World War II, and both chose to remain as officers in the service overseas once the war was over. So the shop passed to his nephew Derek (affectionately known as Chip) in 1950, when old Mr. Chipping decided to retire. 

Expansion

Chip ran the business for 40 years, and expanded the store to include many of the ranges we stock today, home wares, timber, plumbing accessories and most noticeably a big expansion in the Decor section. All these new lines needed space, so in 1968 the store next door was purchased, and after many months of demolition work, the new larger store was complete, now with twice the ground floor space, and an upstairs shop space and till.

Once DIY

In 1982 the store celebrated the birth of Prince William (well it might not have been connected!) by remaining the store Once-DIY, to better reflect the growing range of products we stocked. We also ventured out into electricals, stocking the latest technology in vacuum cleaners, Irons & Kitchen Accessories, as well as accessory fittings for the trademan & confident DIY-er

Despite the arrival of supermarkets and DIY superstores in the 80s, the store continued to thrive as customers continued coming back for the great friendly customer service and huge variety of products we stocked that no one else did!

The Grangers

In 1991 Chip sadly passed away, and having no relatives who wanted to take on the business, it was sold to the current owners, the Granger family.

Two generations of the family, along with staff (some of whom worked for Mr Chipping!) work instore, bringing a wealth of knowledge from our backgrounds as as variously an Electrician, an Odd Jobsman, a Homemaker… and a candlestick maker (ok we may have made the last one up!).

Mica

As the Shed’s continued to throw out incessant advertising claiming to be the cheapest and best for choice in our area, we decided in 2002 that we needed to be more proactive. So we joined the Mica group, and became Once DIY Mica!

Retaining our independence, control of stock and most importantly our local and expert service, we now had access to group buying terms, enabling us to demonstrate clearly that we were as good as the big boys on price.

We also started participating in regular Mica consumer promotions, allowing us to get our message out into the community, especially to people out of town who might not have heard of us, what great range and value for money we offer.

Gardening

Garden Chemicals Instore

As a result of the new access to Gardening suppliers, we were able to convert part of our back store room and yard into a Gardening department, where we now sell, depending on the season, Christmas Trees, compost, Rock Salt and Garden Furniture as well as garden chemicals & mowers.

Mica membership also gives us the opportunity to come together to lobby the government for changes in planning laws, as well as swap tips and ideas to better serve our customers.

Recent History

Recently we’ve celebrated 20 years in the business; and chosen to celebrate by supporting the local under 15s football team; who were semi finalists in this years Mercia U16 FA trophy.

The latest addition to the team is 23 year old Annabelle Granger, who’s fresh back from university studying fashion, is helping to plan our new haberdashery department which we hope will open later this spring. So on behalf of all the team, along current owners Janice and Colin, we’d love to see you in store today. If we’re too far for you to travel, then have no fear, you’ll soon be able to buy online through this website, which bursts us, we hope, into the 22nd Century!

Click here to see our gardening department.

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