AFTER more than two decades at the top of the music selling charts, a CD shop owner has chosen to move on to a new challenge – retirement.
Peter Rees has single-handedly run The CD Shop, in Field End Road, Eastcote, since January 1989, but has now decided it is time to call it a day.
“I was starting to get all the paperwork sorted for the next year, and I thought: ‘Do I want to do this for another year?’,” said Mr Rees.
He said without the help and support of his wife, Sylvia, his business would not have lasted as long as it did.
“My wife and I started the business together,” he said. “I ran the CD shop and worked in there in the day, but she was a school teacher and without her income to begin with, we wouldn’t have been able to start the business.
“I couldn’t have done it without her – we are a team.”
The couple lives in Eastcote, and Mr Rees admitted one of the biggest reasons for starting his own business was so that he could walk to work.
He said: “It’s nice to live where the business is because you bump into customers out and about and you get to know people.”
The shop officially closed on December 15, but the work has not stopped for Mr Rees. He has been busy clearing the shop of its 24 years of music since then.
“It’s surprising how much you collect over the years. I’ve got an awful lot of sorting out to do.
“It’s been an era. When you run your own business it’s a way of life.
“When you have an office job, you walk away from it at the end of the day and forget about it, but this was more than that. People say ‘you must be closing because of the recession’, but there is still an awful lot of trade to be had.”
Mr Rees’s loyal customers were at the heart of the music he sold. He said: “I learnt so much from the customers.
“I never listened to classical music, but a lot of my customers bought classical music from me and now I know so much more about it.
“It was the support of customers that kept my interest in music going.”
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