Hello everyone, This is going to my first post so be gentle. So my ideal business would be to set up an independent builders merchants in my local village or near by village. I came across a post on this topic on here from 2012 and it really was quite informative. My current background is Domestic/Commercial electrician with my own electrical company so i do have a lot of valuable knowledge on the building industry and many contacts already. So what i am actually seeking is, has anyone actually opened a hardware store or have experience within this sector they could shed light on. Are you item specific? Is it best to cover all areas? what actually are the initial steps? How easy is it to get suppliers on board? initial outlay? Are more people becoming anti big established merchants? Apologies in advance for any naivety. Thanks.