Popular newsagents ‘Wrights of Louth’ will reach the end of an era in March, as the couple who own it have decided to retire.
Mick Wright, 66, and his wife Carol, 65, have run the newsagents in Little Eastgate since November 2002, and have spent a remarkable 34 years in the business.
Before moving in to their current location back in 2002, Mick ran Kenwick Stores, which he took on in November 1981.
Before long, Mick was so busy with the Kenwick Road store that Carol left her job as a manageress at Mackays Stores Ltd and joined him.
The couple also took on Upgate News in 1986, which is now a Cash Converters.
Mick said: “I am from a farming background, so breaking the mould and running a newsagents has been an education - but I also don’t see it as work, it’s been a pleasure.
“I will definitely be leaving here with a heavy heart. It’s been a massive part of my life, and it’s been so enjoyable.
“We have always had fantastic customers, and I want to thank them all because they have been really important to us, and also thank you to our friends, family and neighbours.”
Mick adds: “If Louth wants to stay special and move forward, it needs to look after its independent shops - they are the heartbeat of the town.”
Mick and Carol will leave Wrights of Louth on March 28, and they intend to spend more time with grandchildren and go on their first holiday together in 10 years.
Mick is also getting back into pigeon racing and looking after animals on their land, while Carol will continue to help their daughter Nicky at her dance studio, Studio 2000.