BUSINESS is booming at a Hurst Green hardware store as people stuck at home due to the coronavirus crisis seize the opportunity to get DIY jobs done.

Hurst Green Home and Garden on Narrow Lane has been inundated with customers as people carry out home improvements and get out in the garden.

The hardware and garden shop, which also sells pet food, has been run by Mike Ward for the last 22 years.

Hardware stores including Screwfix and B&Q have been deemed 'essential retailers' and allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis.

Some, like B&Q and Wickes, temporarily closed on Tuesday to prepare for reopening today.

Paul Cooper, who has worked at Hurst Green Home and Garden for 19 years, said business has been booming.

He said: "It's been our best day yet today.

"People are getting stuff done around the house and we have been really busy.

"Mike has been out and about doing deliveries all day."

Shops that are allowed to stay open include supermarkets, pharmacies, newsagents, banks and Post Offices.

Vets, pet shops, petrol stations, launderettes, banks and hardware stores will also keep doors open for customers.

Hardware stores are including in the list as they stock essential materials and equipment that help keep homes warm, safe and with power.