Hardware store is UK finalist

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:22 13 January 2016

Chris, Viv and Jeff Abbbott of Abbotts DIY have thanked customers for helping them reach the UK Hardware Retailer of the Year Award finals

Chris, Viv and Jeff Abbbott of Abbotts DIY have thanked customers for helping them reach the UK Hardware Retailer of the Year Award finals

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Exceptional customer service and product knowledge has helped Seaton-based Abbotts DIY, of Harepath Road, beat hundreds of others to the finals.

A family-run Seaton business has fought off stiff competition to gain national recognition as a UK Hardware Retailer of the Year Award finalist.

Exceptional customer service and product knowledge has helped Abbotts DIY, of Harepath Road, beat hundreds of others to the finals.

Owner Viv Abbott said she is ‘delighted’ with their achievements so far.

Her late husband Tony founded the store and the upcoming awards ceremony will be particularly poignant for the family, as they last won the coveted accolade in 2011 – just months before he was taken ill.

Their sons, Chris and Jeff, now run the business, which also has a branch in Ottery St Mary, along with their mum.

Chris said: “It will be a bittersweet experience being at the awards ceremony.

“Last time we went to this event, it was the four of us and now it’s just the three of us.

“But I am sure Dad will be looking down on us on the night.”

The Abbotts team had to meet tough criteria to reach this level of the contest and at the final stage, the shops in Ottery and Seaton will be visited by mystery shoppers before the winner is announced on Tuesday, February 16.

Viv said: “We are all really delighted.

“To be a finalist for UK Hardware Retailer of the Year Award certainly puts Ottery St Mary and Seaton on the map.

“Regardless if we win or not, it’s a fantastic achievement to get this far, but we could not have done it without the support of all our wonderful customers - without them we could not have achieved this.”

At its spacious, modern Seaton branch, Abbott’s shelves are filled with large ranges of kitchenware, plumbing, paints, garden care, timber, tools, and much more - everything for the builder, decorator and DIY enthusiast.

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