A friendly welcome, good service and care in the community has helped keep David Carr’s shop going for 40 years.
Taking on the village shop in Longframlington at just 21 years old, David has seen it go through numerous changes, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It certainly doesn’t feel like 40 years,” he said. “It has gone over very quickly. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since I started. There have been good times and bad but mostly good, thank God.
“We have had 13 break-ins and various other disasters but we have still kept going. When I first started, even all the hamlets had a village store, now there are very, very few left.”
He puts the long service down to more than just the shop.
“The staff and I get involved in the community and that’s what makes a difference,” he said. “We put back in as well as taking out. I don’t think we would survive if we didn’t.”
The shop takes in prescriptions for residents, carries out home deliveries and accepts parcels for people as well as providing the shop service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
David, 61, added: “I just love it and I would love to do another 10 years. It’s just like a big family to me.
“You’ve got to know about your customers and be able to relate to people and speak to them.
“The biggest change I have seen is how people expect so much more. We used to do two half-days a week now we are open all day everyday.”
David, who lives in the village, celebrated the milestone at a party with staff at the beginning of the month.