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Cleethorpes’ oldest store Arthur Burton’s bids farewell after 146 years

Cleethorpes' oldest store Arthur Burton will close this weekend after 146 years.

Cleethorpes’ oldest store Arthur Burton’s bids farewell after 146 years

Richard Burton, whose great-grandfather Arthur Burton opened the store on Sea View Street in 1872, is preparing to bid farewell to the business where he has worked for the past 42 years.

The shop has been supplying high quality menswear for the past 146 years, priding themselves on their top notch customer service that helped build up a dedicated base of supportive customers.

Richard originally started working at the Arthur Burton branch in Immingham in when he was 20 years old, where he learned the trade for a number of years, before moving on to work at the store on Sea View Street.

The fourth generation of the Burton family to work in the shop, he is sad that the business is not going to continue any longer, but is thoroughly proud of its success over the years, and is now happy to sit back, relax and enjoy retirement.

He said: “It is certainly sad that the store will no longer be here, as I believe it has been the oldest surviving business in the whole area. But my children have all been to university and gone their separate ways and it feels like the right time to call it a day.

“I am very proud of the reputation that we have built over the years, as our high quality clothing and customer service has always made sure that we stood out, and over the years I have had some very loyal customers who have now become friends.

“I have watched people grow before my eyes as they came in with their fathers, and years later would return with their sons, and I just can’t thank them enough for all of the wonderful years that I have had here.

Now hoping to thoroughly enjoy his retirement with his wife, Richard has plans to set off with his caravan and go on an adventure around Europe, stopping in as many cities and countries that they possibly can.

He continued: “There are many places that I have always wanted to see and I think that now is the perfect time to do it. So we are going to head off in the caravan around Europe and just see wherever we end up over the course of eight or nine months.”

Closing this Saturday, the Sea View Street stalwart is now set to become bar, that is due to be named Arthur's.

Richard was very pleased that the new owners had sought to name their venture after the store, believing it to be a fine tribute to the 146 years of success that his family enjoyed there.

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