What is particularly troubling you?
It is not always true that office supplies can be bought much cheaper at discounters and on the internet. But the reputation that small shops are expensive is one reason why many people don’t even dare to visit a small specialist shop. Of course, we don’t get the articles at the same conditions as the big ones, but we have the chance to talk to the customer, to offer him goods that suit him exactly. An example: a printer might cost 10 – 15 € less on the internet. Many of the customers do not look at what the Maintenance costs. We advise so that these bad purchases do not happen. So for every buyer, the few euros they may have paid more with me often pay off with the first purchase of the consumables.
What does Forst mean to you?
Forst is my hometown, I was born here, I had a fantastic childhood here, most of my family lives here. I also feel comfortable in the community of members of our church.
How long do you plan to run your business?
There is no exact date yet. Health permitting, I will be seen here for a long time. Of course, I am actively looking for a successor, because it would be a pity if a life’s work that has grown close to my heart would simply disappear. Unfortunately, there is no one in my family who can take over.
If you could wish for something from the city, what would it be?
I know that the city has to be very economical with the money it has. I have expressed the wish several times that parking facilities should be created on the post office side of Berliner Straße so that traders have a chance to survive with their businesses there. Unfortunately, nothing has happened there. On the other hand, it would be nice if more administrative staff, whether city or district, would make more use of the services offered by Forster’s tradespeople. But I also count every single citizen as part of the city. Working together moves us forward and creates jobs, not penny-pinching and stinginess.