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Change Of A Costume proprietor, Simon Wills, strikes to reassure disgruntled prospects


A ROMSEY businessman has moved to reassure prospects their garments are secure and obtainable for return ought to they need them amid an ongoing row. 

Simon Wills, proprietor of Change Of A Costume, has been on the centre of controversy since closing his Bell Avenue retailer earlier this 12 months, taking with him gadgets of clothes residents had been hoping to promote by way of his store. 

As previoulsy reported, determined prospects trying to recuperate their belongings or minimize of the money say they’re “at a loss” after calling, texting and emailing Mr Wills for months on finish with little pleasure. 

Mr Wills insisted he has been suffering from telephone and broadband points for the previous 18 months, however stated he has been open together with his prospects about his intentions to maneuver the enterprise on-line all through.

The Echo’s sister paper the Romsey Advertiser was proven proof of cost and secure return of clothes to a number of prospects throughout a go to to Mr Wills’ stockroom in The Horsefair – the place the garments are at the moment being saved on racks whereas the brand new web site is ready up.

Mr Wills additionally acknowledged prospects offering incorrect contact particulars have brought about additional confusion, with the enterprise proprietor offering proof of varied makes an attempt to contact various complainants. 

Janis Duke, 64, of Bishopstoke was delivered her garments on Tuesday, September 6 after talking with the Advertiser. “I used to be shocked,” she stated. 

“They had been all in clear baggage and, except for being folded, I acquired them again precisely as I took them in, so I am pleasantly shocked.”

Mr Wills stated she had offered two telephone numbers and an incorrect title when she first requested her gadgets again, in the end inflicting a delay. Nevertheless, Ms Duke stated she nonetheless wasn’t satisfied by his “excuses”.

“It was as clear as day,” she added. “He had all my particulars proper from the outset. I’ve by no means come throughout something prefer it.”

Providing a contemporary replace on the saga, Mr Wills stated he would love “nothing extra” than to work with prospects to resolve the difficulty, and has arrange two new telephone numbers to take care of their requests.

READ MORE: Stress mounts on Change Of A Costume proprietor, Simon Wills, who points defiant message to prospects of his Romsey enterprise

He stated: “We obtained a lease for our retail premises on June 9, 2020 and till Might 31, 2022 we constructed up a big consumer base of loyal prospects who equipped and bought garments, baggage, footwear and equipment.

“Sadly, like so many different excessive avenue companies within the interval from December 2, 2020 till our closure we suffered from a 70 to 80 per cent lack of customized.

“As much as the purpose of closure I had supported the enterprise so far as I might and will go no additional. On the finish of Might 2022 I moved the entire inventory to my stockroom in The Horsefair. I left data of closure and phone particulars on the entire former store’s home windows – nothing might have been clearer. 

Daily Echo: The signs posted on the former Bell Street shop's windows The indicators posted on the previous Bell Avenue store’s home windows

“By this time my employees members had been gone – forcing me to do all the things myself. Unbeknown to me, our telecom supplier hadn’t made the mandatory adjustments which meant incoming telephone calls and emails weren’t being recognised.

“This unlucky lack of communication grew to become obvious with the publication of a libel on Fb. Instantly upon publication I contacted Kimberley Barber, the editor of the Romsey Advertiser, and Buying and selling Requirements through Citizen’s Recommendation advising of the pending authorized proceedings being taken in opposition to the libeler.

“This isn’t what I needed, the following deluge of Fb feedback had been untruthful and the distorted ‘feeding frenzy’ grew to become tense. I set about attempting to contact the entire shoppers to tell them the best way to make contact. After a really brief interval the telecom supplier once more failed – this additional frustration didn’t assist my trigger.

“I would love nothing greater than to have the ability to work along with all of my prospects – all the things is completely secure and it is only a case of reuniting individuals with their gadgets. 

“I’m working both an appointment-only assortment service or a mutually agreed supply service. To this finish, and to keep away from the telecom supplier, I’m putting in two new phone numbers which go stay on Thursday, September 8. These are 07985 272643 and 07985 272647.

“Solely this weekend a number of prospects turned up at their appointed time to the stockroom to gather the items they needed.”


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