It has been a rollercoaster year for a Sleaford businessman starting his first venture in the same premises where he was made redundant.
Dave Drowley found himself jobless in January when the Sleaford Blockbuster video rental store he managed closed, when the company folded.
He explained: “My Blockbuster store was always profitable but the larger superstores were a drain on the company’s profits. Contrary to what people believed, it was not down to downloading from the internet.”
Dave has been in the business for 30 years, he said: “I am a fairly positive person and knew what I wanted to do and kept that in mind. I managed to cash in some pensions and was just looking for jobs.”
A mutual friend introduced him to local businessman Paul Sanders, who had closed Sleaford Furniture Centre on Boston Road after 12 years. They decided to pool business and marketing knowledge and resources to open a new video and games rental store, called Press 2 Play, having got a great deal for Dave’s old Blockbuster shop unit. Dave knew he could make a go of it from all the comments received from old customers. They have redecorated the place themselves and brought it right up to date. Reopening last week they have already signed 400 members after a ‘manic’ opening day. They are grateful for all the positive support.
As well as DVDs, they also stock CDs, games and even vinyl records, comics and their jellybean machine is the talk of Facebook.
If things go well they would like to open a second store in Bourne.