Trou­bled times mow shop down

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

A STRING of re­cent break-ins and the growth of on­line shop­ping have forced clo­sure to one of New Nor­folk’s long­stand­ing busi­nesses.

New Nor­folk power equip­ment and tool store Moun­tain En­gi­neer­ing will close its doors af­ter 25 years of ser­vice in the com­mu­nity.

Store owner Rick Goinon, who will com­plete his last day of trad­ing on Fri­day said it was a plea­sure serv­ing the com­mu­nity over the past 25 years, but in the end the in­de­pen­dent store be­came too dif­fi­cult to main­tain.

“As time goes on, a lot of sup­pli­ers in­crease their sup­ply for min­i­mum orders, and peo­ple tend to opt for cheap im­port prod­ucts on shelf at the larger stores rather than get­ting their equip­ment re­paired,” he said. “It’s not the stun­ning style of busi­ness it was 20 years go.”

Mr Goinon said he’d miss the re­la­tion­ships he’d built with the Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed my time here and will still be about in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The friend­ships I’ve made with this busi­ness and the con­tin­ued sup­port from the loyal com­mu­nity will be some­thing I won’t for­get.”

Mr Goinon, who will now move into re­tire­ment, said the dam­age caused to his busi­ness from a string of re­cent break-ins was part of the rea­son he de­cided to close the busi­ness.

“I be­came sick of at­tempted break-ins that hap­pened all too of­ten,” he said.

“I’ve had two in the last three months and the dam­age its caused comes as a per­sonal cost to me, be­cause quite of­ten the cost of re­pair doesn’t ex­ceed the fee you’re re­quired to pay be­fore you make a claim.”

The former teacher said the rise of on­line shop­ping also led to his de­ci­sion to shut up shop.

“The pres­sure from the in­ter­net re­ally be­gan to grow,” he said. “On­line shop­ping cre­ated a com­pe­ti­tion against the hard­ware shops, that for me, was too hard to com­pete with.”

Pic­ture: SAM ROSEWARNE

OUT OF GAS: Moun­tain En­gi­neer­ing owner Rick Goni­non is clos­ing up shop af­ter 25 years in the busi­ness in New Nor­folk.

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