GLOUCESTER Retravision will cease to be from next week.
When the store opens for business following the Easter long weekend next Tuesday it will be as Gloucester Leading Appliances.
The move comes after huge upheavals in Retravision in the past 12 months which saw the company wind up.
It left many of the hundreds of Retravision stores on the east coast without any place to go and dozens closed as a result including local stores at Armidale, Forster and Laurieton.
For Wendy White and her son Stewart Carruthers, closure of the Gloucester store was never an option. Wendy bought the store in May 1987.
“At the end of the day did we shut our doors and go fishing, or did we say ‘hell, this has taken up a lot of time in our lives, we’re not going to give up now’?” Wendy said.
So she and Stewart spent six months establishing direct accounts with all their suppliers in a bid to remain operational.
“But we still needed a buying group. Suppliers do their deals with a buying group – not you (individual stores).”
Enter Leading Appliances.
“They let us vote for our name, colours and logo and they let us be more independent. It will allow us to sell the items we want to sell and we think the people of Gloucester want,” Mrs White said.
She said, while the name was changing, little else would.
Dedication to customer service and providing the best item for the best possible price would remain the core objective of the business.
“I think people would miss it if we were not here,” Ms White said.
“We would like to think people will continue supporting us and we will do our level best to look after them.
“All we ask is that they give us a chance. Don’t assume we can’t compete on price. Give us a chance to match, beat or reluctantly admit defeat.”
Leading Appliances operates more than 70 stores in rural and regional areas.
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