Exmouth trader’s heart-felt thank you as business closes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2018

Roger Panter is to say goodbye to the small department store that his great grandfather Samuel Charles Panter, first set up in 1894.

Roger Panter is to say goodbye to the small department store that his great grandfather Samuel Charles Panter, first set up in 1894.

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Panters is set to closer its doors for the final time on Saturday, March 17, after 30 years as part of Exmouth town centre.

The owner of an Exmouth department store has said a heart-felt goodbye to the customers who have supported his family over the years.

Roger Panter, of Panters, in The Parade, has now set a date for the closure of his business – 30 years after opening in the town.

The shop will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday, March 17.

Roger’s great- grandfather Samuel Panter first set up the business in Exeter in 1894.

He initially set up a drapery store in Sidwell Street, Exeter, and his son Stanley, continued the family business.

The store was hit during the blitz in the Second World War and forced to relocate and Panters was on the move again at the end of the war, moving into another Sidwell Street location.

Roger followed his father Wilfred into the business in 1983 and together they opened the Exmouth.

After 124 years, Roger thanked all those customers who have supported the family business in that time.

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