Happy Bunney’s in a new location
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.”
Directors Matt, left, and Sam Nequest at the new shop
Inside the Castle Boulevard premises