Popular town store to close its doors after 40 years

Burgess Appliances. Picture: Steve Robards
Burgess Appliances. Picture: Steve Robards

A popular appliance store in Burgess Hill is to close its doors after serving the community for the past 40 years, the Middy has been told.

Sales assistant Jeff Lawrence, speaking on behalf of the owners of Burgess Appliances, said Mr and Mrs Houghton are ‘sad’ to be leaving the town but it ‘has come to that point for them to retire’.

They are so grateful to their customers – if it wasn’t for them they would not have been here for so long.

Jeff Laurence

Customers realised change was afoot when a ‘to let’ sign appeared on the front of the shop.

Jeff, 43, of The Spinney in Burgess Hill, has worked at the appliance store in London Road for five years.

He said: “I am a little bit upset but it is one of those things. I really enjoyed myself there, they taught me the trade. And over the years I’ve met and dealt with customers from all types of life.

“The reputation of the company was there. Everybody knew of them and they always had a good name. Everyone in the area has had a washing machine fixed by us.

“Mr and Mrs Houghton want to thank all of their customers over the years and are very grateful for the support. It has just come to that point where they need to retire.

“They are so grateful to their customers – if it wasn’t for them they would not have been here for so long. And we hope everyone can find somewhere else to go.

“We have regular and loyal customers and obviously this is going to be difficult for them because they will have to go somewhere else now.”

Jeff said there is no set date for the closure, but he has already started looking for a new job.

He said five members of staff will lose their jobs when it closes.

“It is sad as it is one of the longest-serving businesses in the town,” he said.

“But the large retailers don’t give the little man a chance these days. It is very hard to compete.”

News of the closure has created reaction from Mid Sussex residents on Facebook.

Margaret Hall from Hurstpierpoint was disappointed by the news.

She said: “Oh no. I have always shopped there. They have always been so friendly and helpful.”

Christine Cutler from Hurstpierpoint was also disappointed by the news. She said it was a ‘great shop’ and asked ‘where will we go now!’

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