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Bike shop set for a roaring trade

PUBLISHED: 15:26 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

OPENING up with a bang - that is the intention of the Walters family when Orwell Motorcycles moves in to new premises on November 5.

After 17 years trading from Barrack Corner in Ipswich, the move to a much larger place in Ranelagh Road coincides with Bonfire Night and Ray Walters said: "we couldn't have picked a better day to do it.

OPENING up with a bang – that is the intention of the Walters family when Orwell Motorcycles moves in to new premises on November 5.

After 17 years trading from Barrack Corner in Ipswich, the move to a much larger place in Ranelagh Road coincides with Bonfire Night and Ray Walters said: "we couldn't have picked a better day to do it."

And there are lots of reasons why rip-roaring celebrations are called for, the company will be opening with three new franchises and more staff will be recruited.

Special opening offers are on the cards too but exactly what they will be is still under discussion.

Mr Walters, said: "We wanted to announce our arrival and re-opening in a big way and why not do it on November 5, although we will be open at 8.30 in the morning," he added.

Traditionally, Orwell has sold Suzuki motorcycles and this brand will be joined by Yamaha, Kawasaki and Gilera.

Ray, 49, runs the business with his wife Judi and son, Christopher who will celebrate his 21st birthday the same week as the move.

At the moment the business is still trading from Barrack Corner, just off Norwich Road and their new base still resembles a building site.

But when the work is completed on the former World of Leather building and the grand opening has taken place customers will be able to look at Orwell's established Suzuki motorcycles plus those from their new dealerships.

The building is so vast that there is room for a workshop in addition to all the accessories and of course the motorcycles themselves.

When Revett's motorcycle shop in Norwich Road closed down in the summer Orwell's custom increased. Although the loss of that long-established business came as a blow to the Walters family and the whole community, trade and the franchises of Yamaha and Kawasaki came their way.

"Both companies told us that we could only have the franchises if we moved to larger premises. We have done that and in addition have another, the Italian company Gilera has taken us on," he added.

So with the larger premises, their ten staff already increased to 14 and at least two more to come, Orwell Motorcycles is riding high.

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