He’s been compared to the famous Ronnie Barker character from the 1970s sitcom Open All Hours, but for a trader, the time has come to hang up his apron after half a century.
Paul Broadbent, 66, has been serving customers since 1972, a year before the famous BBC comedy show premiered, and he doesn’t shy away from comparison with clenched fist Arkwright.
Mr Broadbent started working at FW Lucas in West Yorkshire 50 years ago and the store has become well known in the area. some items on the shelves.
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But it’s all going to end on New Years, with 14-hour days a thing of the past after Mr. Broadbent brings the store to market.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Mr Broadbent said: “I will be putting the store up for sale within the next year. I am looking for a place to relocate.
“I made the conscious decision that I had to move on this year and start a new life.”
Mr. Broadbent, who hasn’t had a vacation since his early twenties, says he’s selling himself to spend more time with his new partner Sharon, 53, and his pet chihuahua.
He also hopes to spend his time away from the store by writing his life story, largely based on his time at FW Lucas.
He says he will continue to run the store for the time being, where he started working alongside his father, Herbert, straight from school.
Mr. Broadbent has alluded to retirement before, but says this time it’s for real.
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