MCGINNS Engineering Supplies closed its doors Thursday afternoon after 91 years of trading.
It comes as owners, Dowdens Group Management, refocuses the McGinns business model to focus on its industrial trade customers.
Employee Ian Nemitz, 63, who had been at the store for 30 years was sad to see the doors close.
Mr Nemitz said it “was a bit of a shock at the beginning” but he understood what was happening.
Employees were told about the closure five weeks ago, with most being transferred to the other business.
But Mr Nemitz decided to leave.
“Of course I am upset about leaving everyone, its been a lot of years, I’m upset about leaving all the people,” he said.
He started as a sales assistant with power tools and paint, before moving up the ranks as an assistant manager, and ultimately retail manager.
He said he never expected to stay as long as he did, but said he enjoyed going to work every day.
Management made the decision to close its retail arm to focus attention on its larger customers.
The merge of the two businesses has been in the planning phase since February 2017 and employees were told about five weeks ago of the changes.
At the start of the year, the local business employed 12 staff, of which eight went to Dowdens Group Management, while four accepted redundancies.
A spokesman for the Dowdens Group Management said the merger focused on incorporating as many McGinns staff as possible into Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment.
“Retaining key McGinns staff to ensure the continued servicing of McGinns Industrial Trade Account Customers was the top priority for this merger,” the spokesman said.
The company regards the business transformation as “necessary” for the…
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