Owner Geoffrey McGregor has a wealth of experience in the antiques business – and, as his slogan says, he’s keen to offer old fashioned values in a modern world. His background may be in antiques, but his business is right up-to-date with the latest in modern technology.
Geoffrey shared Suffolk premises with his parents at Napier House Antiques in Sudbury where he traded for more than 20 years as ‘Geoffrey McGregor Antiques’ (G.M.A.). This is still his core business – but he now only trades out of Long Melford Antiques Centre, which he bought in August 2007.
He has nothing but praise for former owner, Baroness von Dalen, who opened the centre in the early 1980s until her retirement.
Her generosity in business extended to the sale of the Antiques Centre, bequeathing several items - including valuable reference books, office equipment, and even some useful kitchen items.
Anyone who had dealings with the Baroness would have known her as an honourable and fair person – and Geoffrey says he’s determined to live up to that tradition. He wants her generosity of spirit to live on in the centre – along with her strong values and dedication to outstanding customer service.
That’s why it was important for Geoffrey to get the right person to manage the centre on a day-to-day basis – someone with integrity, knowledge and a passion for customer service. He has found that in Linda Cooke.
Geoffrey says Linda - or ‘Cookie’ - is probably the most valuable asset he’s inherited from the Baroness. She has managed the centre since 1998 and is keen to build on the loyal customer base.
Her meticulous eye for detail extends from making sure all items are well presented to getting the paperwork right. But Linda’s main focus is on customer service – and ensuring customers receive the personal touch.
She said: “We have an extensive range of antique furniture on two floors and welcome enquiries from dealers, collectors or anyone who is looking for quality antique furniture.”
For more information on any of the items shown on this website, please get in touch with Linda on 01787 379287 and she will be more than happy to help you.
© Shelley Baxter