Aladdin’s cave DIY shop cel­e­brates 50 years of trad­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A TEAM of go-to guys from an en­gi­neer­ing shop are cel­e­brat­ing the im­pres­sive mile­stone of 50 years in busi­ness.

Richard De­laney opened his iron­mon­gery shop on Mill Lane on June 18, 1965. He and his wife Ann ran the busi­ness over the years and it be­came a trusted shop in the com­mu­nity.

Richard em­ployed Kevin Wil­shaw and de­cided to sell him the busi­ness in 2005 when he re­tired. Richard and his wife later moved to Dove Holes in Der­byshire.

Kevin runs the shop with his wife Lor­raine and his brother Martin, keep­ing the De­laney name, and has built a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the go-to place for en­gi­neer­ing sup­plies. Now they are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years since the shop first opened for busi­ness.

Lor­raine said: “The shop is still thriv­ing and serv­ing the trades­peo­ple and DIY en­thu­si­asts of Macclesfield. The premises may ap­pear small from the out­side but it’s huge, with stock to match and is called an Aladdin’s Cave or Tardis.

“The shop has a very tra­di­tional feel, with the orig­i­nal trade counter and pric­ing ledgers and has to be vis­ited to ap­pre­ci­ate the wide range of prod­ucts but also the wel­come that all cus­tomers re­ceive.

“Over the years we’ve be­come the sup­plier of a num­ber of spe­cialised prod­ucts which you can’t get in sim­i­lar out­lets. If we don’t stock it we will do our best to get it.

“We’re car­ry­ing on the busi­ness in the spirit of the founder, Richard.

“In the true ‘show must go on’ tra­di­tion af­ter the power strikes of the 1970s a power gen­er­a­tor was in­stalled by Mr De­laney, even though at the time the shop was ex­empt from elec­tric­ity ra­tioning be­cause of the vi­tal role it played in the com­mu­nity.”

The busi­ness opened at 58 Mill Lane and in Septem­ber 1985 moved across the road to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at 75-77.

Kevin and Lor­raine are keep­ing it a fam­ily af­fair with sons Matthew and Lee work­ing in the shop. They have a daugh­ter Nikki too.

Martin, 41, from Bosley – dad to Mia, seven, and Vin­nie, four – said: “Richard was happy we de­cided to take it on be­cause it was al­ways a fam­ily busi­ness. It’s a shame shops are closing in Macclesfield but af­ter 50 years it just goes to show what’s pos­si­ble when you keep go­ing.”

●● Above, the team: Kev Wil­shaw, Lor­raine Wil­shaw, Martin Wil­shaw, Colin But­ler and Damian Stokes. Right, the shop in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion at 58 Mill Lane in 1985

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