STRATFORD – For the first time in over 70 years, there is not a single Bradley at the helm of WT Bradley and Sons Locksmiths.
“Our goal is to be the next generation of Bradleys,” said new owner Rick Bayuk ahead of a big reopening celebration on Tuesday. “Bradley juniors.”
Bayuk recently bought the company from Jack Bradley, who had worked there since 1975 when Bradley’s father Bill moved the company to Stratford.
The company is located at 1756 Barnum Ave. since 1999, when it moved from a location on Honeyspot Road.
Bradley will always be present in the company.
“I’m going to stay a while and make sure things go smoothly and smoothly,” he said on Tuesday. “It was a good trip. I’ve known Rick for a long time, it was a good deal, and I’m getting to where I can’t do a lot of things that I used to do anymore.
Bayuk brings decades of experience.
“I’ve been in the business for about 35 years,” he said.
“Me, six months old,” said Doug Laychak, a childhood friend Bayuk reached out to when buying the business.
After briefly working together in their early twenties, the two went into separate fields: Laychak construction, Bayuk locksmithing.
“I was put on leave last year because of the pandemic,” Laychak said. “I haven’t heard from my business, but I’ve heard from (Bayuk). He said ‘I’m going to buy this business but I want you to run it, be my partner.’ Here we are today.
“He’s in the crash training program,” Bayuk joked, noting that he, Bradley and Robert Eisenman have about 150 years of experience between them.
“I think I’m in good hands,” said Laychak, whose wife, Ashley Olson, joined him at the company.
Bayuk said he was interested in buying the business when he learned Bradley was looking for a buyer.
“Being in the business for as long as I have, I know the importance of a real store in a community, and they are less and less,” he said. “People are becoming more mobile, so the idea of having a store was important. “
He said business had grown as it diversified from primarily commercial activities to residential and automotive services, as well as selling safes in the store.
People also enjoy patronizing a local small business, he said.
It’s easy to get a wrench at a big box hardware store, Bayuk said, “but you don’t get it from a professional, you get it from a store employee who was quickly trained in cutting. a key, and most of the time when they have a problem they send it to us anyway.
Mayor Laura Hoydick agreed after cutting a ribbon outside the business to celebrate its reopening on Tuesday.
“Jack has been here for so long and is a vital part of the community,” Hoydick said. “It’s nice to see that he has sold the business to someone who will take over and continue this great service.”
WT Bradley and Sons locksmiths are located at 1756 Barnum Ave., Stratford. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The phone number is 203-377-6556 and their website is https://bradleylock.com/
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