J.A. Whiting came to the city of Wells with his French bride after being demobbed from the army after the First World War. He met his wife while stationed in Rouen, married her and brought her back with him. He worked as the manager of Barnes & Son and when the owner decided to retire he bought the ironmongery business and set up shop at 68 High Street. His wife did Bed & Breakfast on the premises. At that stage only the area now devoted to china & cookware existed. The next departure was to enlarge the shop to double its size which now houses the decorating, housewares, paint and electrical sections. In 1980 the decision to enlarge the shop again was taken and the new area now houses the loose ironmongery and tool department. In 1984 the business saw further expansion to build what is now the gardening and lighting sections
Whiting and Son Today
Given the pace of the world today, we aim to make the process of getting goods to you as convenient as possible. Also to help you in purchasing: Kitchenware, household items, electrical appliances, gardening products, power tools, china, DIY and ironmongery. We have almost everything that you could need for your home. If you can think of anything you would like us to provide, please tweet @whitingandson or email firstname.lastname@example.org, your feedback is always welcome.
We place great value on customer service. We have knowledgeable staff who will be able to offer advice on products and their application. We are incorporating into our web site a youtube channel that will enable us to show customers how to do DIY task and aim to have a forum based system; to enable customers to give their own feedback and ideas. If you have any requests contact us and we will try to integrated them.
We have one store at Wells, Somerset which has over 3,000 sq ft of retail space.
We believe that we’ve got something unique to offer. Our popularity and success on the high street is proof of that. The potential is immense and it’s an exciting time for Whiting and Son.