Colemans of Wellingborough ‘surviving and thriving’

Joanna Coleman with her dad John Coleman in September 2009
Joanna Coleman with her dad John Coleman in September 2009

Many shops have come and gone from Wellingborough’s town centre over the past 40 years, but Colemans of Wellingborough has “survived and thrived” for the past four decades.

The stationery store, which also sells arts and crafts products, opened in Wellingborough in 1972.

Colemans celebrating trading in Wellingborough for 40 years.  Sue Bailey, Sandra Hodson, John Coleman, Jo Wilkinson, Joey Patterson-Gordon and Debbie Sarson

Colemans celebrating trading in Wellingborough for 40 years. Sue Bailey, Sandra Hodson, John Coleman, Jo Wilkinson, Joey Patterson-Gordon and Debbie Sarson

Initially based in Sheep Street, the business moved over the road to the corner of Market Street in 1995.

Along with a few other long-standing stores, it has been one of the permanent fixtures in the town during recent history.

There have been changes over the years; when it first opened its doors traditional stationery items would have been the best sellers, but printer cartridges are now the most in-demand items on the shelves.

Owner John Coleman, 79, said he was very pleased to have celebrated the landmark anniversary. He said: “We are very proud of our history. It is wonderful to be in Wellingborough.”

John Coleman

John Coleman

Mr Coleman’s daughter, Joey Patterson-Gordon, managing director of Colemans, said: “We have gone from strength to strength over the years.

“We have seen a lot of changes in Wellingborough and also in the industry, but we’ve managed to survive. Good service and good prices are key, and going the extra mile for customers. In Wellingborough, shops have come and gone, and businesses have changed, but we have still got a lot of loyal customers.”

Staff and customers celebrated the special anniversary in the shop on Monday, September 10.

Birthday cake and bubbly was served throughout the day and special discounted prices were on offer.

Shopper Angela Buckler said: “I think it’s a great achievement to have been in the town for so long.”