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Cradley Heath shop in bid to find oldest working electrical appliances
1:23pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
AN electrical shop in Cradley Heath has launched a challenge to find the oldest working appliances in the Black Country to mark its relaunch after undergoing a £200,000 refit.
Staff at Chapman’s discovered a number of old appliances hidden away in cupboards and corners during the clear out for the modernisation work of the Reddal Hill Road store.
The haul prompted the family-run business decided to launch the search to find the oldest working examples of electrical appliances in the region still in daily use.
Its owner will be rewarded with the latest equivalent model for free, whether it is an electrical hand mixer, hairdryer, fridge, freezer, cooker or vacuum cleaner.
Managing Director Robert Chapman said: “Our revamp is very much about investing in the future and making our shop in Reddal Hill Road a real destination store where you can try out the state of the art in home electronics.
“In a nod to our near 90 years in the business, we thought it would be fun to find the oldest working electrical appliance. Although we have customers all over the country we are very much part of the local community and so we’re searching for the oldest appliance in the Black Country.”
“We offer a repair service and some of the team here actually work on fairly old vacuum cleaners and washing machines and one is lovingly keeping an ancient video recorder going.”
The closure of Comet in Halesowen has led to a boost in trade for the independent store and the showrooms have been extended to accommodate more of the latest in smart technology.
These include a Smart Home showroom where customers can experience the living room of the future and test everything from underfloor heating to entertainment systems at the touch of a button.
Anyone who thinks they may have the oldest working electrical appliance in the Black Country should contact Chapman’s on 01384 566497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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