Some customers call Strickland & Holt a mini-department store. Sometimes we’re described as an Aladdin’s cave.
Call us what you will – we are fondly known as Strickies in these parts – we simply try to offer the best all-round shopping experience you’ll find outside a major city – all from the building we’ve occupied since 1854.
After all, you’ve got to be doing something right to survive the high street’s ups and downs for a century and a half.
We believe we don’t just do it right – we do it differently, with style and traditionally high standards of excellent personal service.
We have evolved pretty much constantly since our foundation in the lovely Georgian town of Yarm-on-Tees back in 1854, by wine and spirit merchant Oliver Strickland and John Holt, a pharmacist.
We remain a family-owned and run business, owned by John Holt’s great-niece, Stephanie Richardson, and managed by husband and wife team Paddy and Alison Morton.
Always interesting, always varied, we strive to offer the most unusual range of delights for our customers. From gifts and cards for all occasions to pocket money toys. From fashionable clothes for discerning tastes to excellent coffee and delicious bread and cakes – baked fresh in-store.
Our premises stretch way back from our deceptively modest store front on Yarm High Street, with a charming outside seating area next to our café and a dedicated car park with plenty of spaces.
Beyond that, the River Tees rolls lazily past the ghosts of wharves where our founders unloaded their wines, spirits and other imported goods.
And after you’ve had your fill of us, you might savour a stroll along the river. Or sample some of the other delights of this gem of a town – we are lucky to have some fantastic fellow independent retailers as neighbours.