Pencil in a visit to new stationery shop
AN independent stationer has provided a lifeline to workers left jobless by the closure of Grimsby's Staples store.
Office Friends, which supplies stationery to commercial customers, opened its new retail outlet on Saturday – and four of its six new members have joined from Staples.
Directors Rob Mearns and Helen Hoarder decided to invest £30,000 in converting the downstairs showroom in King Edward Street into a new shop following the news of the national chain's demise.
Staples in Victoria Street closed yesterday.
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Mr Mearns said: "We made the decision to go into retail in December, so it's been quite hectic getting everything together. We had our first customer at 9am and there's been a steady flow.
"I think the market is there, but luckily we don't have the same overheads that Staples had."
Mrs Hoarder added: "For the past nine years we have worked on the commercial side, so to move into retail has been quite eye-opening, but extremely enjoyable."
For former Staples employee Richard Wilson, 28, of Scartho, it means the prospect of having to postpone his wedding has been averted.
He said: "The Staples announcement was a shock.
"We were talking about postponing the wedding, but then this job came up.
"I think we can make this company grow."
Daley Lowe, 27, of North Thoresby, said: "I read in the Telegraph they were looking for staff. It's exciting."