Exmouth department store set to close its doors for final time
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 February 2017
Panters, a family-run business which first opened 123 years ago, is set for an emotional farewell as it closes its final store in Exmouth.
After 29 years on The Parade, Roger Panter is to say goodbye to the small department store that his great-grandfather, Samuel Charles Panter, first set up in Exeter in 1894.
Roger Panter, who is yet to confirm a date for the shop’s closure, said he wanted to spend time enjoying other pleasures in life.
Unfortunately, the staff will be made redundant unless the business is sold.
He said: “It is a very hard decision, but a decision that had to be made.
“I have been thinking about what to do for the past year.
“When I told everyone last week, it was a sad moment. Telling people was the hardest thing to do.
“I have had too many friends and family members die young and it is time to pull out and do something else for a few years which is less stressful.”
Roger’s two sons, Samuel, 28, and Laurence, 25, both mechanical engineers, did not want to carry on the business of selling womenswear, household goods, bed linen, kitchen and dining room goods and wool.
The shop owner said: “None of my family wanted to come in. My sons are happy with their jobs.”
He added: “Being a small business for the last 35 years, it is going to be very difficult to adjust.
“I feel sorry for my staff.
“Unless someone comes in to buy the business, they will be made redundant.
“I would like to thank all our present and former customers and wish them all the best for the future.”