Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) will open seven days a week from October to meet demand from tradespeople across London, the plumbers merchant has confirmed.
In addition to opening Monday to Friday 6.30am to 7pm and Saturday 7am to 5pm, from the start of October, Lambeth-based PPHM will be open between 7am and 5pm on Sundays.
The company’s decision to open seven days a week is in response from trade demand for a Sunday service, which is currently missing from the capital.
Launched last year by plumbing entrepreneur and founder of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins, PPHM was initially introduced to provide the company with its own supply of parts to help reduce costs.
However, PPHM’s extensive stock list, extended-opening hours and responsive service has proved popular with London’s plumbers and building contractors.
Within six months of opening, the strict trade-only merchant added an additional floor to its premises in Lambeth to increase its stock holding as well as introducing its popular delivery service.
Operating with a fleet of two vans and BMW motorcycles, the delivery service enables tradespeople to order and receive products and equipment without leaving the job they’re working on and allows them to enjoy significant efficiency gains by avoiding unnecessary trips across London.
Charlie Mullins, managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “The response to Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants has been phenomenal. Quite simply, we’re giving tradespeople what they want and, equally importantly, when they want it.
“If they’re good at their jobs they’ll be in demand, which means they can’t waste their time waiting for a merchant to open at 8 or 9am, leave a job to travel across town when they need a part or find the place closed at 5pm.
“Extending our opening hours and ramping up our delivery service will take the operation onto the next level, which is why we are already scouting additional premises to keep up with demand. It shows that our customers want a supplier that’s strictly trade only, has the confidence we can supply the stock they need and can get it to them at times that suit.”