ONE OF the town centre’s best-known faces is retiring after 36 years.
Frank Bochniak, 63, who owned and ran the bags, luggage and leather stall at Rugby’s market, has now served the last of his countless customers.
Frank said: “People in Rugby are so nice - I’ve have lots of friends and regulars here.
“It’s been great to see customers come here with their children and then seeing them bring their children.”
Frank started out making his own suede and leather garments before he moved into market stall-holding in 1971. Four years later he brought his stall to Rugby and never looked back.
Frank said: “The satisfying thing about this job has been meeting Rugby’s people and serving them - and, when they come back you, knowing that you’ve provided a good service.”
For some years, Frank was a representative for the National Market Traders Federation. He is a keen supporter of the sport that bears the town’s name and used to play in his younger years – sometimes with George Gercs, a fellow market trader.
Frank added: “It’s been bitter-sweet finishing, I’m a family man so I’m looking forward to spending more time with my children and grandchildren but at the same time when you’ve spent so many years on the market, you can’t just let it disappear.”
Robin Richter, managing director of town centre management firm Rugby First, said: “It feels like the end of an era. Frank has been a great supporter of the market and a fantastic stall holder. He will be sadly missed.”
Although Frank has retired, the stall will continue to trade under new management.