There's always something a little unsettling when a shop that's been open for a while closes down. And there have certainly been a few in and around Central Road recently. However there is one which is a little sadder than most.
Worcester Spark, which has been an electrical store for decades will be closing it's doors for the last time at the end of the month - which is tomorrow.
I have been well and professionally served by Worcester Spark every time I have been there and was genuinely shocked to see the closing down signs a few weeks ago.
Sadly the business has not been able to sustain itself with Martin, who has owned the business for many years after working there since he was a teenager, having to subsidise the shop through his separate work as an electrician for too long. It perhaps would have only taken another few people each day to shop there to keep it running but sadly not enough people have been supporting this local business and now we we are losing it.
Martin will continue his work as a local electrician but sadly Graham, the friendly face behind the counter will now, as he put it, be having to sign on.
Worcester Park will not only be losing an electrical shop. As many people know, Martin was one of the main people contributing to the Christmas Late Night each year. As well as helping Tracy from Cycle Power and Brendan from Pets Place organise things he helped with stalls - particularly in Windsor Road near his shop. His contributions to the traders association as well as local community events will be missed just as much as his shop will.
In an effort to empty the premises, all stock is now discounted to 50% off (not the 25% off which it was when I took the picture above) however they are only accepting cash.
The blog would like to wish both Martin and Graham good luck in the future and if anyone needs a friendly and conscientious chap to work behind the counter - there might be someone available quite soon...