Jim Grice Ltd and Rose Bower both celebrate 50 years of trading in Ashfield this month.
Both situated on Outram Street, Jim Grice LTD was founded in 1968 when Jim Grice sold three reconditioned washing machines, now they have service contracts out with Domestic & General, as well as running the shop on Outram Street. They have taken advantage of online shopping by being able to deliver any local orders that come through the Euronics website, from washing machines to vacuum cleaners. They also have a fully equipped repair and maintenance workshop that can get even the smallest appliance back up and running.
The Rose Bower was started in 1968 in the old Marsden’s Grocery store, the old meat hooks can still be seen hanging from the ceiling. Their first order was for 15 shillings, this was remembered by the original owner, Mrs Barnett. The business has diversified since then, they now sell balloons, chocolates and wine alongside their beautiful flowers, as well as making eye catching imaginative floral displays that are a highlight of Outram Street.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, says “To see a local businesses holding their own against the bigger retailers shows how much the residents of Ashfield support independent retailers. We want shops like this to continue to prosper and to see people continuing to shop on our high streets. Supporting local businesses is vital for our town centres and the people that live and work here.”