Leigh furniture shop closes after 90 years

First published in Echo News

A LONG established furniture shop in Leigh has closed its doors.

Holmes Brothers moved into its premises in Broadway West in 1945 but was established in 1921.

It was set to celebrate its 90 years of trading this year.

The shop is all closed up and there was no answer on the business phone number.

The family-run business offered an extensive range of furniture.

Pat Holden, Leigh town councillor said; “I was at school with one of the original owner’s sons. That’s really sad . Its one of the real institutions of the town.

“Traders do seem to be going through a bad time, but I thought up to now Leigh was bucking the trend and doing fairly well.”

The parade has seen the closure of Café Cult and the old fashioned toy shop which was due to open as a tanning salon but has still not opened.

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9:44am Mon 21 Jan 13

BRADSRIGHT says...

Broadway West is the nicest parade in Leigh, the shopkeepers are very welcoming and you can usually get parked there. This furniture shop didnt seem to keep up with the times and the prices were unrealistic. There are some great new shops along there like the Vintage clothing boutique and the Homewares shop with more to follow.
Broadway West is the nicest parade in Leigh, the shopkeepers are very welcoming and you can usually get parked there. This furniture shop didnt seem to keep up with the times and the prices were unrealistic. There are some great new shops along there like the Vintage clothing boutique and the Homewares shop with more to follow. BRADSRIGHT
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9:46am Mon 21 Jan 13

BRADSRIGHT says...

Broadway West is the nicest parade in Leigh, the shopkeepers are very welcoming and you can usually get parked there. This furniture shop didnt seem to keep up with the times and the prices were unrealistic. There are some great new shops along there like the Vintage clothing boutique and the Homewares shop with more to follow.
Broadway West is the nicest parade in Leigh, the shopkeepers are very welcoming and you can usually get parked there. This furniture shop didnt seem to keep up with the times and the prices were unrealistic. There are some great new shops along there like the Vintage clothing boutique and the Homewares shop with more to follow. BRADSRIGHT
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11:12am Mon 21 Jan 13

babybird0404 says...

No wonder they've closed - they've had the same dusty window display for the last 20 years. They really ought to have moved with the times in order to stay in business.
No wonder they've closed - they've had the same dusty window display for the last 20 years. They really ought to have moved with the times in order to stay in business. babybird0404
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3:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

laverslomax says...

How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email. laverslomax
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6:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

steve@eastwood says...

I only went in there once, some years ago. I was approached by a man in his 50s who was the most persistant irritating salesman I have ever met. He would not leave us alone to browse and was almost bullying in his attitude. No wonder this business has shut down if they have a person like that who tries to browbeat the customers into submissive purchases. What a pathetic idiot.
I only went in there once, some years ago. I was approached by a man in his 50s who was the most persistant irritating salesman I have ever met. He would not leave us alone to browse and was almost bullying in his attitude. No wonder this business has shut down if they have a person like that who tries to browbeat the customers into submissive purchases. What a pathetic idiot. steve@eastwood
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8:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

steve@eastwood says...

Further to my last post, his name was Jeff. It just came to me, funny how irritating little things stick in your mind somehow!
Further to my last post, his name was Jeff. It just came to me, funny how irritating little things stick in your mind somehow! steve@eastwood
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8:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

steve@eastwood wrote:
Further to my last post, his name was Jeff. It just came to me, funny how irritating little things stick in your mind somehow!
fej - Wiktionary
. cowardly · unfair, mean. Jeff bacwards......
[quote][p][bold]steve@eastwood[/bold] wrote: Further to my last post, his name was Jeff. It just came to me, funny how irritating little things stick in your mind somehow![/p][/quote]fej - Wiktionary . cowardly · unfair, mean. Jeff bacwards...... Carnabackable
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9:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

laverslomax wrote:
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?
[quote][p][bold]laverslomax[/bold] wrote: How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.[/p][/quote]is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..? DogsMessInLeigh
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2:34pm Tue 22 Jan 13

babybird0404 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
laverslomax wrote:
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?
Wouldn't surprise me - their furniture was all overpriced, dated, G-plan monstrosities
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laverslomax[/bold] wrote: How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.[/p][/quote]is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?[/p][/quote]Wouldn't surprise me - their furniture was all overpriced, dated, G-plan monstrosities babybird0404
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5:17pm Tue 22 Jan 13

1D-Snapper says...

laverslomax wrote:
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
How can I contact you please Laverslomax ?
[quote][p][bold]laverslomax[/bold] wrote: How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.[/p][/quote]How can I contact you please Laverslomax ? 1D-Snapper
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9:45am Thu 24 Jan 13

LibbyJ says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
laverslomax wrote:
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?
They did not necessarily know that this closure was coming, it could have been a short notice decision due to several factors. I find you claims of fraud offensive. If administrators have been called in you will be in a queue to get your money back. Go through the proper channels and stop bleating about 'fraud'.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laverslomax[/bold] wrote: How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.[/p][/quote]is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?[/p][/quote]They did not necessarily know that this closure was coming, it could have been a short notice decision due to several factors. I find you claims of fraud offensive. If administrators have been called in you will be in a queue to get your money back. Go through the proper channels and stop bleating about 'fraud'. LibbyJ
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9:47am Thu 24 Jan 13

LibbyJ says...

babybird0404 wrote:
No wonder they've closed - they've had the same dusty window display for the last 20 years. They really ought to have moved with the times in order to stay in business.
The furniture displayed changed regularly. There were some nice pieces in there, although the presentation of the overall display did look a bit dated.

When you say moved with the times I presume you mean they should have gone downmarket to meet the new demographic of Leigh, ie shiny, sudo-chic, cheap, cheap, cheap....

Times have indeed changed.
[quote][p][bold]babybird0404[/bold] wrote: No wonder they've closed - they've had the same dusty window display for the last 20 years. They really ought to have moved with the times in order to stay in business.[/p][/quote]The furniture displayed changed regularly. There were some nice pieces in there, although the presentation of the overall display did look a bit dated. When you say moved with the times I presume you mean they should have gone downmarket to meet the new demographic of Leigh, ie shiny, sudo-chic, cheap, cheap, cheap.... Times have indeed changed. LibbyJ
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9:50am Thu 24 Jan 13

LibbyJ says...

“Traders do seem to be going through a bad time, but I thought up to now Leigh was bucking the trend and doing fairly well.”

Therein lies the problem. This councilor is a key figure on Leigh Town Council. Some Leigh traders have been telling them for years that trading is very poor, shops are struggling, using their reserves, life savings in some cases. Other traders have been putting on a brave face and a front to make things appear better than they are. Some traders have even been told not to tell it how it is and make people think the area is still thriving.

The shops that people think are in Leigh are now in places like Hamlet Court Road and Southchurch Road. Well worth a browse.
“Traders do seem to be going through a bad time, but I thought up to now Leigh was bucking the trend and doing fairly well.” Therein lies the problem. This councilor is a key figure on Leigh Town Council. Some Leigh traders have been telling them for years that trading is very poor, shops are struggling, using their reserves, life savings in some cases. Other traders have been putting on a brave face and a front to make things appear better than they are. Some traders have even been told not to tell it how it is and make people think the area is still thriving. The shops that people think are in Leigh are now in places like Hamlet Court Road and Southchurch Road. Well worth a browse. LibbyJ
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9:52am Thu 24 Jan 13

LibbyJ says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
laverslomax wrote:
How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited.
if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.
is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?
No, for good quality furniture that is not a lot of money for a deposit. You can buy furniture for a lot less, but not quality furniture that will last.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laverslomax[/bold] wrote: How can It be really sad that these shop owners have disappeared after taking thousands of pounds of innocent peoples money in deposits for furniture, that will not be honoured, myself paying them £1500 in december , a deposit on a suite, its fraud , they knew this was happening, well Mr Darren Andrew Launder, we have your home address and we will have our money back . The police have been contacted for the fraud and theft you have commited. if anyone else is in this situation and needs info please email.[/p][/quote]is that not a lot of money for a deposit..? or is that the norm with chairs and sofa's..?[/p][/quote]No, for good quality furniture that is not a lot of money for a deposit. You can buy furniture for a lot less, but not quality furniture that will last. LibbyJ
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