York furniture shop to close after 54 years

David White outside the family furniture shop in Walmgate which is set to close. Picture: David Harrison.

David White outside the family furniture shop in Walmgate which is set to close. Picture: David Harrison.

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A SECOND generation York retailer is thanking customers for their loyal support as it prepares to leave the high street after 54 years.

Furniture shop GA White is closing in Walmgate at the end of March to make way for a new business in the street.

Brothers David and Michael White are bringing to an end the business their parents started in 1957 as they look to lease the building out.

David said: "We have been looking for an exit strategy for sometime and someone has now come along with a plan to do something different with the property.

"We see it as an opportunity for something different, both for us to be landlords, and as something new for the area. It's a new way forward.

"We can't say what the shop will be yet, but we are closing on March 31, and they are opening soon after."

GA White was founded by Gerald and Margaret White as a home furnishing business, based in Walmgate, on the site currently occupied by The Press offices.

When the shop was demolished to make way for MFI the Whites bought the fishmongers, game dealers, bakers and plumbers merchant across the road, eventually knocking the shops through to become the large showroom and offices it is today.

David said: "I started working here when I was 20-years-old, and have done around 30 years in the business. It's a real family business, with five of us working here at one time or another between me and Michael, our mum and dad, and our brother Steven.

"We have found our own little niche here, and have been supported by a lot of loyal customers over the years, who we would like to thank for their support.

"It's now time for this building to be put to a different use now.

"I've always supported independent, British manufacturers, and I'll be sad not to be able to give them the business we have over the years.

"However we are all positive about the change. It's a fresh start for us."

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10:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

Percy Filth says...

Anything but another Tesco Express...
Anything but another Tesco Express... Percy Filth
  • Score: 29

10:33am Thu 13 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

shame to see another family business fold but how did it keep going this long.
shame to see another family business fold but how did it keep going this long. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 16

10:39am Thu 13 Mar 14

Old_Man says...

Dunno how it kept going so long at the exorbitant prices they charged.
Dunno how it kept going so long at the exorbitant prices they charged. Old_Man
  • Score: -25

10:52am Thu 13 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Obviously this is completely unfounded but I used to live down that way and passed the shop at least 3-4 times a day for 4 years and never once saw a customer in there. I always assumed that there might be something dodgy going on like it was a front for the mexican cartel or something lol
Obviously this is completely unfounded but I used to live down that way and passed the shop at least 3-4 times a day for 4 years and never once saw a customer in there. I always assumed that there might be something dodgy going on like it was a front for the mexican cartel or something lol TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -17

11:17am Thu 13 Mar 14

BL2 says...

Old_Man wrote:
Dunno how it kept going so long at the exorbitant prices they charged.
Just going to say a similar thing! Never actually seen anyone inside!
[quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Dunno how it kept going so long at the exorbitant prices they charged.[/p][/quote]Just going to say a similar thing! Never actually seen anyone inside! BL2
  • Score: -18

11:54am Thu 13 Mar 14

York2000 says...

Saddened to read this. I had dealings with them years ago and the two brothers who run that place are really decent blokes. Best of luck to them both.
Saddened to read this. I had dealings with them years ago and the two brothers who run that place are really decent blokes. Best of luck to them both. York2000
  • Score: 26

1:20pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Very sad but perhaps unsurprising and probably in the wrong location to attract the custom they needed.
They stock high quality , well designed furniture and should have been in Petergate not Walmgate.
Very sad but perhaps unsurprising and probably in the wrong location to attract the custom they needed. They stock high quality , well designed furniture and should have been in Petergate not Walmgate. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 13

5:31pm Thu 13 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Great move, good timing.

John Lewis opening 10th April.
Great move, good timing. John Lewis opening 10th April. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

bevdearnley says...

My ex husband and father in law, John and Noel Dearnley often traded with Gerry for good quality furniture for their hotels. Wishing the family well for the future.
My ex husband and father in law, John and Noel Dearnley often traded with Gerry for good quality furniture for their hotels. Wishing the family well for the future. bevdearnley
  • Score: 12

5:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Sad, but Dave and family are friendly honest people who have served York very well over the years. Good luck doing the next thing.
Sad, but Dave and family are friendly honest people who have served York very well over the years. Good luck doing the next thing. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 16

6:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

soprano 2 says...

I bought a three piece suite from them in 1986 - it is still going strong. So sorry to hear that they are closing.
I bought a three piece suite from them in 1986 - it is still going strong. So sorry to hear that they are closing. soprano 2
  • Score: 11

7:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

anistasia says...

Sad to see an established company like this close .may of been better in like Clifton moor or monks cross.its a sign of the times little independent retailer taking on big places that have shops allover like dfs.shame and sorry to see them go.
Sad to see an established company like this close .may of been better in like Clifton moor or monks cross.its a sign of the times little independent retailer taking on big places that have shops allover like dfs.shame and sorry to see them go. anistasia
  • Score: 5

11:31pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Lets see......student flats opening over the road.....maybe a large student bar?
Lets see......student flats opening over the road.....maybe a large student bar? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -2

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