Store to close but family name in business will go on

CLOSED: The store- but business will continue
CLOSED: The store- but business will continue

R.K Petrie and Son television shop in Alford will close its doors for the last time at the end of March, after 30 years of trading.

Owner Christine Petrie is to retire after being a mainstay of the Alford business community for over 3 decades, with her son Andrew continuing the family name in the trade.

As the third generation of his family in the business he will be the first in the family to trade without premises.

Business will continue through web based activity as well as expanding R.K Petrie’s new Free Home Demonstration service.

The emergence over the past few years of retail giants such as Amazon together with the publics general move towards online shopping have combined to make running a small retail outlet in the area of television’s increasingly difficult.

Although the number of visitors to the shop may have dwindled in recent years business is still brisk.

Andrew said: “With over 25 years as being the North East’s agent for the Bose Sound Systems behind them the business continues to provide installations and service to its large customer base.

“Dealing with a website does not give a real sense of face to face interaction and by taking the product to the customers we are giving them the opportunity to hear and see the products within their homes.

“We also provide customized installations of AV products which allows the customer to take advantage of cheaper online products with the knowledge that they will be installed professionally after the arrive in their box.”

The business was founded by Andrew’s grandfather Robert “Buster” Petrie.

Following the end of the Second World War, Buster began dealing in the supply of washing machines and electric cookers to those around his base in Kemnay where he opened his first shop in 1950.

The first Alford shop was located at 72 Main Street but later moved to the new Haughton Square development in 1999.

Following Ronnie’s passing in 2008 due to illness Christine and son Andrew continued the business and moved the shop once again to the present site on the corner of Greystone Road. Not only has the shop operated as a business but also played its part in the community.

Throughout the 30 years that the shop has been a part of Alford, one person has stood behind the counter and as Christine heads into a well deserved retirement she said: “It will be a strange feeling not to walk up the Main Street to open up the shop in the mornings.”

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