End of an era for furniture store

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AFTER more than 30 years selling furniture on Bank Road, Haydn Stanley has finally decided it is time for a change of pace.

The 80-year-old Matlock businessman has put the shop – and the upstairs flat where he resides – up for sale.

However, Haydn has no intention of leaving his beloved furniture store vacant. He said: “When I sell the shop or when I drop dead – that’s when I’ll leave.”

The reason Haydn has decided to put the business up for sale is so he can enjoy life by getting on a few more coach trips around England.

And with more than 60 years working in the furniture industry – it’s safe to say that he deserves a break from the daily grind.

However, the many customers who Haydn has satisfied over the years don’t necessarily agree.

“A lot of people keep coming into the shop and telling me to take the for sale sign down because they don’t want me to sell the shop,” said Haydn.

“At this age, though, I’ve had enough of hard work so it’s time for me to make a change.”

As the second world war was coming to an end, 14-year-old Haydn left school and began working for furniture makers Ayres in Chesterfield.

After a few years working there he went on to work for Greaves furniture makers in Clay Cross and managed to progress to working as a salesman in one of the company’s shops.

Haydn said: “Over the years I’ve done just about every job within the industry. I’ve restored furniture, fitted carpets, worked as a salesman and built furniture to name a few.

“As a youth I never wanted to work Saturdays, though, because I absolutely love football. As it’s turned out I’ve worked nearly every Saturday my whole life.”

Despite a few grumbles, it is clear that Haydn is extremely dedicated to running his store, loves dealing with his loyal customer base and enjoys the company of his workforce Jackie Jackson and Carl Gregory.

Haydn said: “I want to make it clear that, until I drop off the perch or sell up, it’s business as usual.”

For more information about the Haydn Stanley range call 01629 583584.