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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Thompson, Thomas John

Thompson, Thomas John, Retail Ironmonger and Hardware Merchant, 60 Cuba Street, corner of Ghuznee Street. Telephone 285. Bankers, Bank of Australasia. Private residence, Wallace Street. Mr. Thompson is a native of the Colony; he was brought up to the trade in Cuba Street with Mr. John Young, and subsequently with Mr. Geo. Winder. The present business was established by Mr. A. J. Bennett in 1877, and conducted by that gentleman till September 1893, when Mr. Thompson became the proprietor. One particularly prominent feature of the business was its name for good quality, and this is what the present proprietor will maintain, making that his first aim, at the same time marking the goods at lowest prices. He has imported considerable stock from the very best makers in England, America, and the Continent of Europe since taking over the business, and the shop now contains a truly up-to-date stock, which is all marked at most reasonable figures. Mr. Thompson's trade extends through the provincial districts of Wellington, Taranaki, and Hawkes Bay in the North Island, and on the West Coast of the South Island The stock includes all kinds of furnishing ironmongery and house hold requisites. The premises consist of an imposing corner shop It has roomy show windows on two sides, which Mr. Thompson knows how to utilize to best advantage by a display of his well assorted goods. Cuba Street is well known as one of the best retail business thorough fares in the Empire City. It is not, therefore, to be wondered at that with such a position, and the large connection that appertains to this old established house, together with Mr. Thompson's thorough grasp of the details of his trade, the business should steadily increase.