Family run shop closes its doors

Rosalind Cooper with store manager Shirley McKinnon
Rosalind Cooper with store manager Shirley McKinnon

A Corby-based carpet and furniture retailer is set to close after serving customers for over 35 years.

Coopers Carpets in Rockingham Road is a family-run business and owner Rosalind Cooper has announced plans to retire at the end of the summer.

Rosalind’s late father-in-law Roy Cooper began selling carpets on Corby market in 1961, with Rosalind and her late husband Brian opening the shop in Rockingham Road in 1976.

Rosalind said: “The decision to retire has been difficult as the business has been such a large part of my life, and the lives of many of my family.

“Brian and I really enjoyed working together and he was very proud of the business we built up.

“It is great that the business is still going strong, but the time feels right to stop working and start relaxing, although with four young grandchildren I’m not sure how much rest I’ll get. In the meantime we are busy selling all the remaining stock of carpets, furniture, lighting and giftware at big discounts – so it is set to be a hectic few weeks.”

Rosalind added: “Thank you to all our customers through the years, and a special thank you to my trusted staff member Shirley McKinnon and our fitter Peter Hamill for all their hard work and service.”

Her daughter Eve said: “It was a hard decision for mum, but she feels the time is right. A lot of customers of old have been coming in to see her and Shirley which is lovely.”