Chips down over computer store

Lisa Gray of Newbury Avenue, South Shore (former customer of Dennis Strachan) and Adam Martin (former employee of Dennis Strachan).
Lisa Gray of Newbury Avenue, South Shore (former customer of Dennis Strachan) and Adam Martin (former employee of Dennis Strachan).
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CUSTOMERS and staff have been left out of pocket after the closure of a Blackpool computer store.

The Bugg Centre on St Annes Road, South Shore, closed and cheques sent to customers with faulty laptops were cancelled before they could be cashed.

Lisa Gray bought a laptop for £199 only for it to develop problems.

Mrs Gray, of Newbury Avenue, South Shore, tried numerous times to contact Bugg Centre owner Denis Strachan, to get him to return her cash.

The shop closed and the cheque she was given “bounced”.

Mrs Gray said: “I’m absolutely disgusted by the way I have been treated. I’m appalled.

“He (Mr Strachan) said originally it would be shut for 10 days for refurbishments but now there is a notice saying the shop is up for sale or rent.”

Vanessa Cook, a mother-of-three from Marton Drive, South Shore, spent £180 on a laptop for her daughter at Christmas, but she started having similar problems and tried to get her money back.

Miss Cook eventually got her laptop repaired by technician Adam Martin, but says she would have preferred to have been reimbursed.

She said: “I think I have been treated in a horrible way and unfairly.”

Meanwhile, staff member Adam Martin, of Mereside, began working in the shop during the summer and says he is owed £1,500 in wages by Mr Strachan.

Mr Martin was left to run the shop on occasions when Mr Strachan was not around.

He was told he could not be paid because the Bugg Centre business was struggling.

He said: “It gradually got worse and worse. I’ve actually managed to nail him down a few times and ask him what is happening, but his excuse is the company can’t afford to pay me.”

Despite repeated attempts to get in touch with Mr Strachan, The Gazette has been unable to speak to him.

Blackpool Council’s Trading Standards department confirmed it was aware of the complaints and was looking into the matter.