A West Pinchbeck couple are warning people not to buy goods from a furniture dealer they paid £1,000 to for goods they have waited nine months to see.
Derek (73) and Jean Jackson (74) ordered four dining chairs from Lloyd Loom of Spalding Ltd last November when they paid up front for the goods.
Our primary goal is to get the furniture we paid for, but we also want to get the message out to as many people as possible not to part with their cashDerek Jackson of West Pinchbeck
But nine months later, the chairs are still to arrive from the Pinchbeck-based company which laid off a number of factory workers in December 2015.
Mr Jackson, a retired local government officer, said: “We placed the order on November 9, 2015 and paid in cash because we were told that the firm couldn’t take payment by banker’s draft, cheque or credit card.
“The chairs were listed at a price of £1,250 but when we told them that they could be bought on the internet for £1,000. They agreed to knock the price down by £250 and we were given the assurance of delivery by December 10, 2015.
“But several weeks later, we read a story in (our sister newspaper) the Spalding Guardian that several workers had been laid off by Lloyd Loom of Spalding.
“So I went down to the showroom in Pinchbeck and meet the factory owner who was with three of the staff.”
As reported in the Spalding Guardian last December, the factory had been stripped out and workers told they were laid off until the start of Feburary, wiith some them claiming to have not been paid for at least seven weeks.
Mrs Jackson said: “My son spoke to Lloyd Loom of Spalding Ltd in January when he was advised that the firm had moved to Donington where the furniture was in storage and needed to be sorted out.
“A week later, my son was told that it was taking a bit longer than expected to deliver the furniture.
“But in Feburary, they told my son that our furniture was unfinished and that it need to be sent to Romania to be worked on before it was shipped back to the UK.”
It has since emerged that Lloyd Loom of Spalding Ltd went into liquidation on February 17 this year, with any outstanding creditors being dealt with by London-based insolvency firm Alexander Lawson Jacobs.
Mr Jackson said: “Our primary goal is to get the furniture we paid for, but we also want to get the message out to as many people as possible not to part with their cash.”
The Free Press rang the former Lloyd Loom of Spalding Ltd and a spokesman said: “The company has gone into liquidation and Lloyd Loom of Spalding Ltd is now closed.
“There are some customers who have outstanding orders with the business and the new buyer is seeking to fulfil those orders in the next four to five weeks as a gesture of goodwill.”