After 29 years, Les Hickman has decided to call it a day and so we bid farewell to Video West.
Who can tell how many happy, exciting, breathless, horrifying, exhilarating or suspenseful hours have been experienced by West Hobart residents, thanks to Les taking the trouble to provide the range of video entertainment that he has.
Les opened Video West on 11th July 1984.
His initial range of video entertainment consisted of 100 Beta tapes (remember them?) and 300 VHS tapes and necessitated an outlay of $25,000 to obtain them!
Over the years, Les says he has served many young people, who were so small they used to bump their heads on the counter when they came in. He has provided entertainment for them as they have progressed from cartoons to sophisticated drama.
Other youngsters who lived on the same block as Video West and didn’t need to cross roads, were entrusted to collect videos and return them unsupervised by parents – a great responsibility!
Les plans to take a little time off before considering his next venture.
“After all” he says, “I’m not ready to retire yet!”
Thanks Les, for your many hours of service to the West Hobart community.