Happy Bun­ney’s in a new lo­ca­tion

Nottingham Post - - BUSINESS - By PHOEBE RAM news­[email protected]­ting­ham­post.com

THE man­ager at a long-stand­ing bike re­pairs shop in Not­ting­ham has spo­ken about its new lo­ca­tion in the city, call­ing it an im­prove­ment.

Bun­ney’s Bikes re­lo­cated last Au­gust from its site on Car­ring­ton Street in Not­ting­ham city cen­tre, af­ter prob­lems arose with ac­cess.

Es­tab­lished in 1893, Bun­ney’s Bikes had been on Car­ring­ton Street for 26 years, when the own­ers made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to change their premises to some­where with ac­ces­si­ble cus­tomer park­ing.

Cur­rent man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matt Ne­quest said: “It was tough at the for­mer site, not hav­ing cus­tomer park­ing.

“The space at the front of the shop was only al­lowed to be used for load­ing, but we had cus­tomers who’d been com­ing for 30-40 years, some of whom were dis­abled and needed to be able to park closer.

“In an ideal world, ev­ery­one would be able to get to the shop with­out need­ing a car – but when your bike or mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle is bro­ken, ob­vi­ously you need to drive in.”

The de­mo­li­tion of the Broad­marsh car park in May 2018 also hit the busi­ness, as it was the near­est al­ter­na­tive park­ing lo­ca­tion.

Su­san Ne­quest, Matt’s mother and for­mer man­ager of the shop, said: “We didn’t think [the de­mo­li­tion] would im­pact the shop too much – but it made a huge dif­fer­ence to the amount of peo­ple be­ing able to visit.”

The 69-year-old ran the store with hus­band John Ne­quest, 72, be­fore they re­tired and named it af­ter the founder, Fred Bun­ney, who died in 1947.

Mrs Ne­quest spot­ted the new lo­ca­tion near Len­ton and sug­gested it to her sons, Matt and Sa­muel, 38.

The new store is now in Sher­win House at the round­about on Cas­tle Boule­vard. Matthew says it is “much bet­ter” and the added park­ing means they can spend more time with their cus­tomers.

“They don’t have to worry about their park­ing run­ning out which means we can pro­vide them with the best ser­vice.

“I also have to thank our loyal cus­tomers who have con­tin­ued to visit us through­out.”

With a cy­cle path run­ning near the new site, and a thriv­ing stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, both Matt and his brother are feel­ing pos­i­tive about the move.

Mr Ne­quest added: “Whilst I still be­lieve re­de­vel­op­ment in the city doesn’t al­ways think about lo­cal busi­nesses, I’m happy with our new store. It’s a big­ger, more modern space where we can con­tinue our work, of­fer­ing good ser­vice and keep­ing bikes on the road.”

PIC­TURES: IAN HODGKIN­SON/ PIC­TURE IT

Di­rec­tors Matt, left, and Sam Ne­quest at the new shop

In­side the Cas­tle Boule­vard premises

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