Welcome to The Woods
Thank you for coming to our website. Our story now has a closing chapter and we are no longer taking orders for compact discs.
The Woods opened in Bognor Regis on 31st July 1982. Can it really be thirty years ago? Unknown to us the town had organised a carnival to celebrate and until a couple of years ago did so on our anniversary every year.
The retail shop was originally set up & run by myself, Trevor Flack and my wife Hazel by selling up our house in London to move into rented accommodation and use the collateral to fund the business. Hazel after the first seven years in the business is now employed elsewhere. This has the three benefits of not having to be with me twenty four hours a day, enabling us to have holidays again and bringing in a steady income to the household throughout the ups & downs of the record business.
One of the downs occurred when the then named “Our Price” opened in Bognor Regis. From my experience I knew we wouldn’t survive as we were and so we embraced the fledgling CD format with open arms and the first “Compact Disc Club” selling a full range of CDs by mail order to the public was advertised in Gramophone and Which CD. This proved to be a case of being in the right place at the right time and the shop and mail order grew together for many years...
We always tried to keep things simple and always tried to offer the best service and prices whether your tastes were Mozart, Miles Davis or Kylie Minogue and fortunately enough of you liked what we did to keep coming back and keep it all going for so long. Indeed some of our customers who responded to our early adverts remained with us for the duration.
The beginning of 2008 brought about another major change when we reluctantly had to close our shop and focus our services on mail order and develop our internet sales. We should have guessed when the town stopped holding its annual carnival that it was coming but a continued decline in customers coupled with continued increases in costs forced the change. Although sad the shop was a drain on time and resources and closing it enabled us to have the time again to concentrate on individual customer service. This is why although the internet side was always growing we still published our phone numbers for "human" contact.
Two special mentions must go to Jackie Hodgson who as well as having been with the business for for over eighteen years has remained loyal and is still helping keep things together as we go through the winding down period.
Another mention must go to Hazel who as well as still having her own career has also fitted in being both (unpaid) accountant and financial adviser for the business.
We have been grateful for all the good wishes we have received since we first mentioned that things were going to be coming to an end and to bring you up to date both Jackie and myself, who are both too young and poor to retire, whilst we are still tying up all the loose ends and orders, have both found gainful employment elsewhere.
If you have any questions or queries please contact us, in the first instance by telephone or email as below and we will get back to you.
Tel 07779 512879