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Published on March 29th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Local independent closes after 50 years

An independent electrical retailer in Market Harborough is to close after 50 years’ trading in the town.

Goodmans, which sold and serviced domestic appliances from major brands such as Miele, Bosch and AEG, is run by three brothers and was established in the late ‘70s by their father.

The brothers told their local newspaper that bricks and mortar retailing is “extremely challenging” nowadays and they had been unable to sell the business “even as a good going concern”.

Goodmans clearly had a good reputation for its customer service. One reviewer wrote: “Quite simply the best Electrical Appliance store for miles. Friendly honest service, helpful advice and always willing to supply whatever I need at very reasonable prices.”

Despite this, the family business has undergone the same challenges as many small independents – stagnating prices due to the mass production of products and the subsequent rise of a throwaway society, as goods have become perceived as not worth repairing. And, of course, the move to online trading.

The three brothers expressed their regret that the business would not continue to trade and had this to say to local shoppers: “We would urge you, where possible, to avoid the huge, faceless internet traders and their adventurous accountants and support the smaller local businesses in Market Harborough, who can still offer good value for money.

“Keep our town busy, full and vibrant!”

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