'Well done keeping it going'

PUBLISHED: 09:58 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

The new-look store

The new-look store

YOUNG by name but it s no longer young by nature as one shopping parade store celebrates a special milestone. Trading at A L Young electrical store on Hilltop parade, Hatfield, has moved in to its 50th year this month. Anthony and Joyce Young started the

YOUNG by name but it's no longer young by nature as one shopping parade store celebrates a special milestone.

Trading at A L Young electrical store on Hilltop parade, Hatfield, has moved in to its 50th year this month.

Anthony and Joyce Young started the family-run company back in the black and white ages of 1958. Now, half a century later son David is still keeping it in the family and runs the business, which has seen many colourful changes.

Anthony and Joyce first arrived in Hatfield from Acton, West London, and after hearing of a newly built shopping parade the new residents decided to take a chance at their own business and because of Antony's lifelong hobby and previous experience in a radio shop, the couple decided to start the electrical shop.

From that day on Anthony kept the store successfully running until he passed away in 2004 at the age of 80.

Since then David, who worked alongside his father in the shop since the age of nine, has kept the electrical shop running.

The 47-year-old admits he has seen a lot of changes since those early days.

He said: "Even when I was as young as nine I was involved some way or the other, usually washing the company vans.

"In those days Hilltop was a vibrant neighbourhood shopping centre with every type of shop the local people would need.

"It was a very family orientated community, but now it has become very over populated with university students. Also the shopping trends of consumers have changed and the local shopping parade probably isn't as important as it perhaps once was."

Despite the alterations in the trade and the move into bigger premises on High View in 1972, David, insists there is one thing that has never changed in A L Young's fifty years - customer service.

The Selwyn Crescent man said: "Dad always believed in good customer service.

Many customers have stories of how Dad would be doing deliveries late in to the night, even on Christmas Eve.

"A.L Young is not a business that isn't interested after the sale. My Dad's kind of service is what kept us part of the community and what has kept us going."

David's mother Joyce, who still lives in Chancery Lane, Hatfield, will also rejoice at the shops anniversary and David admitted it is a very proud moment for the family: "My mum is very proud to see the shop still going, and I'm sure my Dad would have been very proud.

"Me and my Dad were very close and enjoyed a great working relationship, and I'm sure he's sitting up there saying well done for keeping it going."

The anniversary celebrations, which will include free food and drink and a free raffle for a 15" lcd tv, are open to all members of the public and will begin at 9am on January 26.

For more information contact David on 01707 262608.

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