Familiar face on East St
A FAMILIAR face has returned to an East St business that supplied Ipswich residents with their white goods for 28 years.
Tom's Clearance Centre opened its doors this month, filling the store previously occupied by the Bargain Market.
The store was named after iconic Ipswich businessman Tom Edwards, who has had a long involvement with the Ipswich retail industry.
Ron Rohan worked in the old Bargain Market for its entirety until it closed in December.
The Bargain Market was part of the RT Edwards group and continued to trade after the Edwards family sold the business.
Mr Rohan believes shoppers can grab a secondhand bargain as the price of brand new white goods and electrical items have fallen with the rise of the Aussie dollar.
Mr Rohan said Tom's Clearance Centre offered shoppers the same products under a different name.
"It is exactly the same as what it was. They know the products are good," he said.
Mr Rohan said customers had recognised his well-known face and returned to snare good deals.
"It's been absolutely brilliant trading from the kick off. We've been here for 28 years so it was well known."
Mr Rohan estimated they had sold 25,000 fridges in 28 years in business.
Mr Edwards was pleased to be part of the new venture after a few years break from the retail industry. "We believe there is strong demand in the Ipswich market for what we are offering," he said.
"We have always been well supported in Ipswich. There will be second-hand fridges, washers, factory seconds and opportunity buys from manufacturers."