HUNDREDS of items were sold for £1 when a car accessory store in Henley held its closing down sale.
But Iain Ryan, the owner of CMP Motor Parts in Reading Road, has relaunched the business as a battery specialist.
The 49-year-old, who took over CMP in 2011, said the firm was no longer viable because of competition from the internet.
His new venture The Battery Man sells batteries for cars, motorbikes and boats as well as ordinary household batteries.
It is based at the same premises alongside the Henley Angling Centre, which Mr Ryan will continue to run. The Marlow-born trader will also still be selling logs and fuel during the winter. Mr Ryan’s clearance sale launched on Saturday and prices dropped to £1 on Monday. Among the items that sold for £1 were Michelin snow chains worth £89.99 and toolkits worth £60.
Mr Ryan said: “My first batteries arrived on Tuesday so I just wanted to get rid of all the old stock as soon as possible.
“I phoned all my contacts to let them know and by 9.30am there were queues all down the street.
“It’s been a tough few years but I’m confident this is the right direction for us.
“Batteries are a ‘distress item’ — if you need one, you need one whether you drive a Mini or an Aston Martin.”