New Rugby hardware shop keeping old traditions alive

Cllr Heather Timms of Rugby Borough Council, Aftab Gaffar of Rugby First, owner Chris Colclough and Christopher Colclough Junior
Cllr Heather Timms of Rugby Borough Council, Aftab Gaffar of Rugby First, owner Chris Colclough and Christopher Colclough Junior

Rugby Toolbox is the latest new business to open in Rugby town centre.

The traditional hardware shop in High Street opened last month and will receive a £3,000 grant from Rugby Borough Council and Rugby First, through the award winning ‘Retail Start-Up Scheme’.

In addition to wide range of DIY goods, the shop offers a selection of garden products and kitchen utensils, along with more unusual items such as bean cutters, back scratchers and ball launchers for pets. Owner Chris Colclough said: “We pride ourselves on our customer service and always go that extra mile to ensure our customers are delighted.

“We run a similar business in Hinckley and although we have only been open in Rugby for a few weeks we have been delighted by the welcome we have received. We have a great town centre location to trade from and have been well supported by Rugby First from a marketing perspective but also by the friendly and helpful Rangers.”

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “Competition from surrounding town centres to attract new businesses is extremely fierce.

“I have visited Rugby Toolbox and love the way the business is set up and built around customer care. I wish Chris and the team well.”