A big birthday being celebrated this month is that of Grantham Computer Centre. On November 25, the store will have been open for 25 years.
The centre has not always been in its current Guildhall Street location. Back in November 1989, it was over the road in what is now Phoenix Gallery. Three years later, it moved into King’s Walk, where it remained for seven years, before moving to the current premises back in Guildhall Street. Casting his mind back to the early days, owner David Charles said: “In 1989, we started up at a difficult time. It was the end of the recession. It was hard but we’ve gone from strength to strength from there.” It is not only the location that has changed over the years for the computer centre. David said: “We set out as a games shop, and now we’re a high-end PC shop. We changed seven or eight years ago to focus on the high-end PC gaming market.” The power of the internet has meant David and his team have laid a focus on customer service – “it’s where we excel,” said David – and that has gained them a returning customer base. Another key element of the business is computer repairs, with a section of what was retail space being given over to a workshop, where three engineers work their magic. Customers can buy laptops and tablets, competitively priced ink cartridges, accessories and more. Meanwhile, Ian Asher, an employee of more than 20 years, is the brains behind the software part of the business, taking care of software issues and viruses.
The Grantham Computer Centre team will be holding a special event on Saturday, November 22, to mark the store’s 25th birthday, with special deals, giveaways and refreshments for all customers. More details