AN ELECTRICAL dealers’ store is to close its doors today after half a century of trading.
Robinson & Cowell, of Priestpopple, Hexham, is going into voluntary liquidation with the loss of eight jobs.
The company recently closed its Darlington store and sold its Consett unit - but was unable to carry on in the face of supermarket and internet competition.
It specialised in hi-fi and kitchen goods and prospered for decades before running into difficult times in recent years.
Director Colin Toward, 61, who has worked at the Hexham shop for 32 years, said: “We have the sale notices up now and will close our doors for the last time at the end of trading today.
“We sold our Consett branch to enable us to have a little bit of pressure taken off. But all it did was create more.
“We are unable to buy the stock that we need to generate more business, and so have decided to call it a day.
“It is very sad, for we have very loyal customers as well as staff. We are sorry for them in particular.”
The family business was founded 50 years and three generations ago when John and Dick Robinson teamed up with John’s brother-in-law George Cowell.
In its heyday Robinson & Cowell was a big part of a successful high street, at first based on Hencotes in Hexham, then moving to the current premises in 1968 via Vine Court, where they sold carpets.