PG Creed & Sons set to close after 110 years in business
PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 October 2015
The oldest shop in Ilford is set to close as its latest shopkeeper, who has worked there nearly 60 years is retiring.
PG Creed & Sons will soon be closing its doors after more than 110 years in business because no one wants to take it over.
Ron Croucher, 72, has been running the hardware shop for 35 years and has advertised the sale of the premises.
He said: “No one will take it on. We are making a living but no one wants to make a living, they want to make big money and you can’t do that in a little shop.”
The original 1904 wooden draws and counter still remain today and over the years the shop built a loyal customer base, including the Recorder, which used to buy little hardware items to fix its printing press.
Along the shelves, which run from the floor to the ceiling and one end of the shop to the other, Mr Croucher can find anything his customers are looking for in the maze of nail and screw boxes.
A few tea pots have been on the shelves for more than 15 years and they are still being sold at their original price.
“Most of out customer say they understand I want to retire and they are surprised we lasted for so long,” he said.
“I am quite happy to retire, I would love to have a day off and I haven’t had a holiday for years.”
Mr Croucher, who used to live a couple of doors down from the shop in Cameron Road, Seven Kings, started to work there as the Saturday boy when he was 12, and was fully employed by the age of 15 by the shop owner Percy Creed.
In 1980, Norman Creed, then in his eighties, who had taken over the management of the ironmonger shop from his father, retired and Mr Croucher bought the shop and he has been managing it since with the help of his wife.
The shop was built in 1904 at the same time as Seven Kings station.
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