It all started in September 1969, after working in the motor trade for a number of years John decided to open a business with a close friend Alan and they opened A+J Motor Spares in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

The business grew quickly in the 70’s and 80’s and started a delivery service to widen the reach around the local area.

In 1990 Harrods had secured a new shop 103 Church Lane. Taking over from Ron Lomas Car Parts, the new venture became a well known figure on Marple high street for years to come.

During the petrol strike in 2000, Harrods still continued to deliver to its customers. We still offer free delivery for our Drivers Club members and trade.

In 2004, John Harrod received a surprising letter through the door. It was the lawyers of Harrods department store, demanding the logo must be changed. Unnerved John stood his ground and got his lawyers involved, it was reported worldwide.

John’s son, Mike has been involved in the business from a young age, helping out after school.

John had been in the process of handing over the reins for a number of years and in 2014 Mike stepped up to take over.

In December 2017, the shop on Church Lane was closed for the last time. The business had outgrown the little shop, moving too much larger premises to carry on the growth of the business.

January 2018 the new store opened at Pennine View, Marple.