Tim’s Me­ga­s­tore to close af­ter 30 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ACOMPUTER shop which has con­stantly rein­vented it­self to keep up with tech­nol­ogy is clos­ing its doors af­ter 31 years.

When Tim Swift ditched a job driv­ing buses to open Tim’s Me­ga­s­tore on Sun­der­land Street in 1985 he sold toys, house­hold goods and tele­phones, even­tu­ally mov­ing on to games con­soles and PCs.

But now, with the pop­u­lar­ity of smart phones and tablets, he has de­cided it is fi­nally time to hang up his hat.

Tim said: “When we started there was no com- puter in­dus­try, we cre­ated it.

“We were pi­o­neers. We’ve seen so many changes in com­put­ers and there are not many shops like ours in the country which have sur­vived.

“Com­put­ers have been ever evolv­ing and we’ve had to keep up with it but now I’ve re­alised that it’s time to rein­vent again and move into smart phones and tablets and I’m at an age where I’m not pre­pared to do that.

“We thank all the loyal cus­tomers we’ve had over the years. A lot have grown up with us from kids com­ing in for games.”

Tim, who moved to Mac­cles­field from Alder­shot aged 19 with a bike and £70 in his pocket, opened his busi­ness in 1985.

Two years af­ter open­ing Tim em­ployed Terry Plant, who has re­mained at the busi­ness ever since.

To­gether they started sell­ing early games con­soles, soon also stock­ing ac­ces­sories like joy­sticks and in 1993 they moved into PCs and soft­ware.

In 2000 Tim bought the shop across the road, and, at a time when soft­ware sales de­clined and with the ad­vent of the in­ter­net, con­cen­trated on build­ing and re­pair­ing PCs.

Tim has some ex­pe­ri­ence in elec­tron­ics but he and Terry learned as they went along.

Af­ter PCs came lap­tops so there was more to learn for the tech-savvy pair.

But Tim says his daugh- ters Amanda, 28, Emma 24 and Tracy 20, are not keen to take on the busi­ness and he doesn’t want to sell it on to any­one else.

He said: “I would hate to sell it on and for some­one to run it into the ground. We’ve had a good rep­u­ta­tion and it’s best to end on a high and say good­bye to Tim’s Me­ga­s­tore.

“We would love to see loyal cus­tomers be­fore we shut, but aren’t hav­ing a leav­ing party. We’ll just close up and head to the Ge­orge and Dragon pub.

“It will be a sad day but all good things come to an end.”

Tim’s Me­ga­s­tore will close this Fri­day, April 29.

●● Terry Plant and Tim Swift at Tim’s Me­ga­s­tore in Mac­cles­field

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