Exmouth businessman is calling it a day after 36 years

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 March 2016

Keith Durkin retires after 36 years at Cranford Newsagent. Ref exe 11-16AW 1047. Picture: Alex Walton

Keith Durkin retires after 36 years at Cranford Newsagent. Ref exe 11-16AW 1047. Picture: Alex Walton


A hard-working entrepreneur is calling it a day after 36 years of running Cranford Newsagents in Exmouth.

Keith Durkin, 68, set up the shop in 1980 after moving to the area from Altrincham in Greater Manchester with his family.

He is bringing the curtain down on his business career on Saturday in order to pursue other interests.

However, the 68-year-old admitted his retirement would be a ‘sad day’ and Keith said he would really miss his customers and staff.

He said: “I’m past retirement age and I haven’t had a day off in nearly two-and-a-half-years.

“I will miss my customers and my staff, so it will be a sad day when I retire on Saturday.

“But I would like to say a big thank-you to them as without my staff and customers it would have been impossible to run the business.

“Also, I no longer want to be a part of all the legislative changes the Government is bringing in to cigarettes and alcohol etc – I would rather see more of my family.

“I will have more time to watch the rugby, get on with my gardening and to decorate the house, which you never seem to have time to finish when you’re working seven days a week.”

The businessman also spoke about what will happen to his shop once he has sold the property and retired.

He said: “I got rid of the newspaper rounds back in December as the first stage of my retirement and I am now looking to sell the property.

“It will be a shop of some sort in the future, but I can’t say more than that.”

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