King Bros will officially close their doors for the last time at the end of the month after selling the building to Rural Health Tasmania earlier in the year.
King’s has been an iconic business in Circular Head’s history for over 70 years, settling into King Street back in 1949 under the ownership of brothers Darcy and Walter King.
Originally running a grocery business in Nelson Street, they bought the vacant block in King Street, building their packing and delivery depot while venturing into furniture sales.
In 1951 they moved full time into the furniture business before Darcy left to pursue other interests, leaving Walter, his wife Ina and son Ian to run the business.
Mr King passed away in 1969 leaving the business in the capable hands of Ian, with sister Glenys joining the family team.
With the furniture store on King Street and soft furnishings located in the Ambroses building on Smith Street, KIng’s traded out of the two locations for around 10 years before the purchase of the adjacent building, New Image and Gifts from Tony and Rosemary Doel in 1997 provided the opportunity for all facets of the business to be in the one location.
The expansion of their building allowed for the soft furnishings, furniture, floor coverings plus much more to be easily displayed and accessible for customers.
Over the years the Kings have employed plenty of locals with a strong sense of family tying the community together.
On the closing of the store, Ian says it was an easy decision to sell the building and close up after over 50 years of management.
“I’m due for retirement, I have plenty of work to do at home.”
“We will be completely out by the end of December, but I do have two to three months of floor coverings to keep me busy.”
Ian plans to spend his retirement working on his home and says he has his community work with various groups to keep him occupied.
Ian and Glenys are ready for the next phase of their lives as the head into retirement.