Retiring computer shop owner on Baldertongate, Newark, thanks the town after 32 years
After more than 30 years helping the people of Newark with their computer calamities, a businessman is set to retire.
Belshaws Computer Shop, on Baldertongate, is closing on September 6 when owner Martin Belshaw retires after 32 years in business.
Mr Belshaw and his wife, Linda, started the business on Newark Market Place in 1986, before moving to their premises on Baldertongate in 1988.
Mr Belshaw said: “There’s been a lot of changes in the industry over the years.
“We started selling Spectrum, Commodore, and Amstrad games before progressing to X-box, playstations and so on.
“During this time we had arcade machines as well.”
Mrs Belshaw returned to work in the care industry in 2009, and Mr Belshaw reinvented the shop for repairing and building to customers specification,tower PCs and laptops.
Mr Belshaw will officially retire on September 6, although if any customers still need him in an emergency, they can contact him on email@example.com.
He said: “I have got too much knowledge not to do it any more.
“I will always be here if my friends need help. They have said to me ‘you can’t retire, what will we do without you?’”
Mr and Mrs Belshaw are planning to take a well-earned break before Martin starts doing some woodwork from the workshop in his garden.
The couple would like to say thank you to the people of Newark for their custom over the past three decades.
Mr Belshaw said: “We would like to thank all our customers, many have grown up with us through the years.
“It is the end of an era.
“The Newark Cycle Shop is going to expand into our shop, and we wish them all the luck in the world.
“Thank you Newark, it has been good to have been part of your lives for so long.”
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