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Alan Clocks Off after 47 Years
Tuesday 18th February 2014 @ 16:18 by Anna Fletcher
Business Community

Alan and Jonathan

After working in Ashton for more than 47 years, Alan Goldstone from the Engraving and Watch Repair Centre is retiring.

Alan has been a familiar face in Ashton town centre.

His quick wit, sarcastic comments, coupled with excellent customer service has allowed him to build up a successful business, from which he is now departing.

“Ashton has been a wonderful town to me,” he said.

Alan originally came to Ashton from Prestwich to sell second hand clothes in the late 1960s.

Gradually, he altered his business to fulfill the change in people’s shopping habits, switching from second hand clothes to catalogue toys to clothing.

From 1997 he decided he would progress into watch repairs, slowly developing into buying gold and jewellery as well as buying and selling high end watches.

He based himself at The Engraving and Watch Repair Centre, (or the Kiosk opposite McDonald’s as it is known) which  is now being managed by Alan’s son Jonathan.

“I feel a huge responsibility
to continue to provide the same services which my dad did, with the quality that
people have come to expect from him,” said Jonathan.

Alan’s decision to retire was not one made quickly.

“I have been thinking about it for a while. Although the people in Ashton have supported the shop for many years, it is the right time for me to go.

“Jonathan will manage the shop for now, but we are looking at selling it. The business is strong, but Jonathan does have other businesses.”

Alan would like to stress the warmth he has always received from the people of Ashton.

“They were there for me after the attempted robbery on the shop last year.

“They encouraged me to continue working.

“That’s what Ashton means to me; honest caring people, who want to support local businesses,” he said.

Two men were sentenced to  four and-a-half years in prison following the robbery and Alan emphasises how important the people of Ashton were in securing that sentence.

“I never had the opportunity to thank the local people for their help in helping the police to get them sentenced,” he said.

“Without them, the thieves wouldn’t have been caught…Thank you.”

Modest as always, Alan has made a donation to a charity on the occasion of his retirement.