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A local business, you can trust!
For nearly a century, our family run business has been delivering coal to the local community.

Since operating from Duns Railways Station, the business has expanded considerably. We now really do have
something for everyone, whether it be from our Coal and Biomass Department, Independent Builders’ Merchant
and DIY Store, Stove Shop and Installation Service, Garden Centre or Baytree Café.

We’re your local, one-stop shop!

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Community Spirit
As a long-standing business in the area, we like to think we have built a strong relationship with the ‘locals’.

Community is something close to our heart and therefore we are very proud to support and sponsor many of the surrounding clubs and activities.
National Accreditation's
We are HETAS approved for the sale of all our fuels and stoves. As a diploma approved coal and wood fuel merchant, you can trust that we can provide you with accurate advice on all fuels. Our wood products are from sustainably managed sources, as are our wood pellets, which are ENplus A1 accredited and BSL authorised.

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Company timeline - nearly a century old

1920
Robert Hogg Pearson (Bob) moved from Edinburgh to Duns and started a small Coal Merchant business, located in Duns Railway Station
1945
Bob’s son, Robert Scott Pearson, joined the business to learn the trade.

1957
Bob retired and Robert Scott Pearson, or Bert as he was known over the Borders,
took over the family business, building its reputation as Diploma Approved Coal
Merchants. 
1960
The depot was relocated to Cheeklaw, Station Road, Duns, across the road from the Railway Station.
1966
Due to the closure of the Railway Station, the business shop was relocated to Castle Street, Duns. Bert introduced a haulage operation this year.
1980
The business shop moved to Murray Street, Duns.
1982
Monty Pearson (youngest son of Bert) returned to Duns to work in the business, after 15 years working in Edinburgh. He gradually expanded the haulage operation over the next few years.
1985
Bert retired and Monty took over the family business.
1991
After completing his service in the Royal Navy, Barry (Monty’s eldest brother) joined
the firm and trained as Haulage Manager.
1993
A small stove shop was set-up at the Murray Street Shop. However, it soon became obvious the business had outgrown its office and new land was bought for larger premises adjacent to The Cheeklaw Depot on Station Road in Duns. The business is still located here today.
1994
The new shop was built and renamed The Cheeklaw Centre with the addition of a
Builders’ Merchant department. 
1996
The Garden Centre and Baytree Café  departments were opened.
1998
The business became a Limited Company.
1999
Two competing coal merchants retired from trade. Pearsons of Duns acquired these companies, which lead to the business opening a depot in Alnwick, Northumberland.
2002
The Alnwick depot was centralised back to Duns.
2003
Garry Pearson, youngest son of Monty, was keen to learn the business early and joined the team part-time at just 13 years old.
2008
The new Builders’ Merchant Centre was constructed and opened
2010
The haulage business was sold.
2014
Our Stove Installation Service and Bulk Blown Wood Pellet deliveries were introduced, expanding the business yet again.
2015
Garry became joint Director with his dad. This year T.E Swainson and R.D Cowins, two coal businesses in Penrith, were bought by Pearsons. This branch is now known as Swainson and Cowins Penrith.
Careers
Our success in the local community has been achieved only with the dedication of our colleagues, from delivery drivers to retail assistants to office staff. Our employees hold the skills and attitude needed to continue our great service. 
Products
Our vast selection of products in-store range from coal and logs, building product, gardening product, wood-burning stoves and even quality, affordable kitchens. You can browse and shop for our full selection of fuels online now!
News
Keep up to date with the lastest news at Pearsons. Get information on handy tips for your stove, garden and more and see what's new in the business and how we are developing.
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