Qual­ity and value for more than 55 years

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

Barry Gille­spie and wife El­iz­a­beth have owned and op­er­ated Gille­spies Value House in Ter­race End for more than 55 years and through­out this time they have out­fit­ted a huge num­ber of loyal cus­tomers, from near and far, with their qual­ity and af­ford­able cloth­ing.

Barry re­calls that when they first pur­chased the busi­ness in 1961, the trains were still run­ning up Main Street.

‘‘In those days we would have to shut the doors to keep the noise and dust out as they rat­tled past. Since the rail has gone we are for­tu­nate to have a good area of free park­ing out the front of the shop.’’

When Barry and El­iz­a­beth first took over the busi­ness they stocked a large range of ma­te­rial as many peo­ple would make their own clothes, es­pe­cially for their chil­dren. While they still have a large range of hab­er­dash­ery and have kept a good sup­ply of knit­ting wool, nee­dles and pat­terns, much of their time has been sourc­ing and sup­ply­ing a com­plete range of cloth­ing to their cus­tomers; from nightwear and un­der­gar­ments to skirts, blouses and shirts; trousers and jack­ets, as well as sports wear and school uni­forms.’’

Gille­spies car­ries a full range uni­forms, in­clud­ing sports­wear for, Palmer­ston North Girls’ High School, In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal, St Pe­ters and St James.

Barry says they make sure they al­ways have stock in store to cater for chil­dren com­ing to the schools at any time dur­ing the year. Many par­ents make use of Gille­spies lay-by to help pay for their chil­dren’s uni­forms and now that sum­mer uni­forms have been bought and paid for, it’s a good time to put a de­posit down on the win­ter uni­form.

‘‘I al­ways en­joy see­ing chil­dren come in with their par­ents who I can re­mem­ber when they came in as chil­dren.’’

The com­mer­cial area of Ter­race End has come a long way since Barry and El­iz­a­beth started Gille­spies Value House and Barry says that it’s re­ally good to see the new build­ings go­ing up and the num­ber of dif­fer­ent busi­nesses that are now op­er­at­ing in the area. This all holds good for the fu­ture as Barry is plan­ning on tak­ing a re­duced role in the busi­ness.

‘‘There are things we want to do in our re­tire­ment and if the right per­son comes along, who is com­mit­ted to keep­ing the busi­ness go­ing along the same lines, than we’ll prob­a­bly sell. If not, then we’ll em­ploy a man­ager who can take over my role. So ei­ther way, we are go­ing to be here for a good time yet, giv­ing our cus­tomers the same friendly ser­vice along with good qual­ity cloth­ing.’’

Right now, Gille­spies is hav­ing a store-wide sale of up to 50 per cent off, in­clud­ing their en­tire hab­er­dash­ery range. So for qual­ity and af­ford­able cloth­ing as well as great bar­gains in men’s and women’s cloth­ing, park free right out­side and en­joy the per­sonal at­ten­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence Gille­spies friendly staff has to of­fer.

Barry Gille­spie (right) and loyal staff mem­ber for over 33 years Rae Har­ris keep the school uni­forms stocked up and ready for sale.

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