Katzkatz wrote:Thanks for the reply TMR. Canterbury was quite packed for computer shops at one time. Computerworld (the best!), Software Plus, ADM (which try to avoid libeling myself, had a slightly bad reputation!)
ADM was more business-oriented, they were a bit crap when it came to home systems and would even send people over the road to us when it was about Amiga.
Katzkatz wrote:and then the GameStation or Game Zone place opened up on the main high street (I think it was a Virgin Game Store before that). There also was a Mac Specialist Shop, which I can't remember the name of.
No, i can't remember the Mac place's name either but Rem went to work there and some of my SCSI gear came from them as well. i think it was an EB on the high street at some point and there was Jones Computing on Palace Street (he moved out of games and into business and over to a trading estate) and a selection of games at Soccodi Music when they were in Orange Street (or thereabouts). There was an Arc specialist at one point too, can't think for the life
of me what it was called but a school acquaintance Obie used to work there and he had three goes at fixing my 1541 disk drive at one point.
Katzkatz wrote:I remember Ian and Sue who were the owners
For most of the shop's lifespan it was Ian, Sue, Brian and Maggie who were joint owners; near the end (when the focus started to shift heavily towards the PC) Brian Maggie bought Ian and Sue out; Ian was very pro the idea of sticking with the Amiga if memory serves and, although i haven't spoken to him for several years and that's something i want to rectify, i believe he's running a shop in one of the coastal towns doing retro games and hardware.
Katzkatz wrote:and someone called Rem who was the Mac specialist even though they didn't stock much Mac stuff in, but you order it in if you wanted to.
Rem was employed as hardware engineer; he had a bit of a habit of sticking screwdrivers into the badly-shielded power supplies of Atari STs and kicking himself across the room; we'd usually know what had happened when the lighting breakers upstairs popped in sympathy! Must be said, we had a bit of a run for picking engineers who were lovely blokes, gifted and not particularly worried by the idea of 240 volt mains loads up the arm...!
Katzkatz wrote:I also remember Jason (who had long blonde hair), I have seen him around Canterbury still, he did the Amiga and C64 (unless that is you TMR?).
Yup that'd be me. =-) i don't live in Canterbury any more (i moved to London for work about six years ago, then to Yorkshire and i'm settled in Leeds) but my parents, quite a bit of family and some very good friends do so i'm down there about once a year and usually meet up with Frank Gasking of Games That Weren't 64 in order to try breaking our record for staying in McDonalds on a single purchase! Still got the long hair, but i usually have it in a ponytail rather than just looking like an animated mop.
Katzkatz wrote:I think they even ordered some stuff in for the Acorn Archimides, you had to ask over the counter and pay a deposit.
There weren't many people actually ordering Arc stuff, i can't remember many people wanting to try at least and it always took ages in the queue at the distributors to check availability!
Katzkatz wrote:I also remember that they didn't like mentioned the mail order service Post Haste in the shop.
Yeah, the mail order prices were lower than what we had on the shelves and occasionally some bright spark would work out that 11 Burgate Lane and 11a Burgate Lane were rather similar... but we didn't encourage it and they didn't
get a discount if they worked it out. =-) For a long time, Post Haste was run from the basement by Tony and Sue between them, with Ian typing up and setting the magazine adverts using Pro Page
on the Amiga.
Hell, i feel really
old now. =-)