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End of an era: Popular Antrim business bids farewell after 62 years of community service

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper with (L-R) Alderman John Smyth, Councillor Roisin Lynch, Gareth Harman, Gerard Harman and Councillor Paul Dunlop

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper with (L-R) Alderman John Smyth, Councillor Roisin Lynch, Gareth Harman, Gerard Harman and Councillor Paul Dunlop


After 62 years of dedicated service to the Antrim Community, Harman Fine Furnishers will be closing its doors later this month. 


Founded in 1962 by Sydney and Marie Harman, the business has been a cornerstone of quality home furnishings in the area.



Originally established by Sydney, a skilled cabinet maker operating out of Carson’s Yard on the Ulster Bar Corner, the business evolved over the years into a beloved retail establishment, known then as Complete House Furnishers, situated on High Street.


Throughout its long history, Harman Fine Furnishers remained a family affair.  Sons, Gareth and Gerard joined the business full time in 1981 and 1987 respectively, working alongside their parents for some time as they navigated through economic challenges such as the credit crunch, financial crisis and the recent trials of the Covid-19 pandemic.



Despite these hurdles, the Harman’s persevered, continuing to provide exceptional service and quality products to their loyal customers.  However after decades of hard work and dedication, the family has decided it’s time to retire and enjoy well-deserved leisure time with family, on the golf course and exploring new travel destinations.


Looking to the future, the premises of Harman Fine Furnishers will soon be home to Wallace’s, a distinguished men’s clothing and school uniform shop. As one door closes, another opens!


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper invited brothers Gareth and Gerard to Antrim Civic Centre for Afternoon Tea to celebrate the contribution they have made to the local high street and area over the last 62 years. 



He commented:


“Harman Fine Furnishers have enriched the lives of countless residents with their dedication to quality and service over the years.  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Harman family for their contributions and wish them nothing but joy and fulfilment in their well-deserved retirement.”


The Mayor continued:


“As we bid farewell to Harman Fine Furnishers, we eagerly anticipate the exciting journey ahead for Wallace’s Menswear as they step into the well-regarded premises on High Street”.


Brothers Gareth and Gerard commented:


“To all our customers, past and present, we extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support throughout the years.  It has been an honour to service this community and we cherish the memories we’ve made together.”

 

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