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Independents need support, says trader

PLEA: Peter Hunt has just seen his business, Perfect Miniatures, mark its 40th anniversary.

PLEA: Peter Hunt has just seen his business, Perfect Miniatures, mark its 40th anniversary.

A model shop owner has called on shoppers to support independent businesses like his by visiting the store to find a gem from the past.

Peter Hunt is the owner of Perfect Miniatures in Sudbury’s Friars Street.

His shop is celebrating 40 years in business, although Mr Hunt concedes it is becoming harder each year to survive in an internet and import-fuelled industry.

The store hand makes replica train sets and dolls houses, as well as selling all the materials a model maker could want, plus books on a range of subjects.

Unable to compete with the big, mass-produced Hornby sets that many children and adults have sitting in their lofts, the company instead sells specialist exact replica Gauge sets for model railway enthusiasts.

The shop acts as a base for a number of clubs, one of which is currently continuing a project that was left unfinished by a member who recently died.

The set sits proudly in the middle of the room, the first thing you see as you enter.

Mr Hunt said: “People complain that there are so few shops like this around but, if nobody uses them, they will have to close.”

 

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