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Former shopowner back behind the wheel

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 08:27 01 August 2010

A WELL-known Beccles shop owner has shunned retirement in favour of opening up a business again a few feet from his last.

Graham Smith owned Beccles Car Shop in Blyburgate for 17 years before he sold it in 2005.

A WELL-known Beccles shop owner has shunned retirement in favour of opening up a business again a few feet from his last.

Graham Smith owned Beccles Car Shop in Blyburgate for 17 years before he sold it in 2005.

But after the closure of Motorworld in the town centre and his former business, which was bought by another owner and closed recently, Mr Smith decided to get back at the wheel by opening a shop in new premises.

The Car Shop is opening at what used to be Computer Island further down Blyburgate tomorrow and already Mr Smith, 57, has been inundated with visits from some of his old customers while he has been renovating the shop.

He said: “I missed meeting the people, that side of it. I'm really looking forward to it. I really enjoyed putting all the shelves up and all the stock out and I've seen lots of old customers and old faces.

“The first time round it got too much for me. I was a bit silly really as I probably should have employed some-one to help. This time I'm employing someone one week on, one week off.”

The Car Shop will stock everything from car batteries to screen wash, windscreen wipers to brake pads and Mr Smith will be receiving up to four deliveries a day, meaning that something could be ordered in the morning and arrive a few hours later.

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