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Repair business booms

Economy drives area shops' success

James Kennedy works on a lawnmower in his Elm Street garage-shop Thursday afternoon. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — For James Kennedy, a down economy is a boomtime.

Having recently started a new business, One Pull Lawnmower Shop, he's taking advantage of the fact people don't have the money to either hire landscapers or throw away their lawn equipment when it breaks down.

"A lot of people have been doing that all along, but now others are doing it to cut corners" and save money, Kennedy said. " For the least expensive mowers, the cost to repair them is half the cost of a new one."

In fact, he's noticed people bringing in 30- or 40-year-old models and newer, but more expensive models, which tend to last longer.

Ironically, Kennedy's business is in the spot that formerly housed a TV repair shop. When times were good, he noted, "it didn't make sense to repair your TV in this disposable economy."

It might now, though, and various online sources and industry analysts have noted the repair-versus-replace trend applies to many kinds of items and various business sectors. Environmentalists note it is also good for the Earth.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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