THE bustling business centre on Bega St will be a little quieter from Thursday as Sapphire Electronics closes its doors.
The business’s owner Larry Lockerbie is retiring just shy of his 50th year in the electrical and repair trade.
Mr Lockerbie works at the repair shop with his wife Betty.
“I took an electrical apprenticeship straight out of school with Roy Howard in 1965,” he said.
“I worked with him for about 10 years until he retired and then I started a business with two others,” he said.
“I am the last one left to retire, but it’s definitely the right time,” he said.
Mr Lockerbie said although he is retiring to spend time with family and pursue favourite hobbies like fishing and photography, it’s a good time to get out of the business.
“It’s a cliché to say, but it isn’t what it used to be,” he said.
“We actually used to repair things, now products are just made cheaply to be disposable.
“Irons, toasters, hairdryers, we would fix them all, now people just throw it away and get another,” he said.
Mr Lockerbie said he’s not giving up the trade all together and admitted he has plenty of electrical gadgets in the garage he’s been looking forward to fixing.