82 years ago, Sam Turner started serving the farmers of the Teesside area. From that small business, a mini empire has grown, and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping!
In the beginning, Sam and his son Eric would take their wares to the local livestock auctions, and supply the region’s farmers with the products vital to their livelihood. This became a problem during the war years, resulting in the business settling in Northallerton. A few years later, the business needed to move premises and this gave the local farmers a chance to ‘return the favour’. Tractors, trailers and lorries were all supplied, alongside manpower, to help the business move, proving that Sam Turners and the local farmers already had a strong bond.
The business is still based in Northallerton, although now they’ve expended to several other sites. The Stokesley store mainly specialises in machinery and you can also find Sam Turners at Leyburn auction market.
Their newest venture is in Piercebridge, where they took over Carlbury Garden Centre two years ago, and built a new shop and café area. Nick Young, the Piercebridge Store Manager, told us that when they applied for planning permission, they were told they’d have to wait. A two month long archaeological dig had to take place before any building work could take place, due to Piercebridge’s rich Roman heritage. Thankfully (if you want to look at it this way!) nothing of great value was found, so the dig was recorded, covered over, and building work could commence.
The completed building was opened in March 2013 and the site now employs 33 local residents, including students and café staff.
As well as the stores, Sam Turner’s launched their website 4 years ago so now also trade online. Nick told us, “The business started off for farmers and now it’s for everyone, but the farmers are still the life and soul”.
Sam Turner’s at Piercebridge sell clothing, plants, machinery, toys, food and much more. They’re open 8:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00 Sat, and 10:00-16:00 on Sundays. Call in or visit their website at http://www.sam-turner.co.uk/
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