Dean’s TV & Electrical shop on St James’ Street has re-opened its doors to the public after an absence of more than a year.
The shop had to close its doors in October 2015 when the long-time proprietor of the store, Ray Scroggins, died suddenly. The popular tradesman had run the business since 1990.
Barry Kingston, who was Mr Scroggins’ neighbour in Lavender Street, said: “Ask anyone on St James’s Street, everyone knew him and there is no-one with a bad word to say about him.
“He was famous for being the man you could go to for one of something, not like the big supermarkets where you can only get six or twelve of things like lightbulbs. And it was all oldie-worldie stuff he had. He was an institution.”
Dedicated Mr Scroggins never took a holiday and always worked hard from 8.30 am to 6 pm daily, closing only for 45 minutes when he needed to shop or do his banking.
The updated store is now open seven days a week and offers a 10 per cent discount to students.