Family shop sold after 112 years

PUBLISHED: 10:26 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 02 June 2010

Pictured, front row, left to right: Val Goddard, Oliver Tookman, James McAlinden and Robert Goddard, with shop staff in the background.

Picture: BRIAN PURDY

Pictured, front row, left to right: Val Goddard, Oliver Tookman, James McAlinden and Robert Goddard, with shop staff in the background. Picture: BRIAN PURDY

A CLOTHES shop that has been run as a family business in Wisbech for 112 years has been sold. Robert Goddard, 56, has retired after working in the shop from the age of 16. He is the third generation of the Goddard family to have run the business. The shop

A CLOTHES shop that has been run as a family business in Wisbech for 112 years has been sold.

Robert Goddard, 56, has retired after working in the shop from the age of 16.

He is the third generation of the Goddard family to have run the business.

The shop, called Robert Goddard, on Bridge Street has been sold to Oliver Tookman, from London, and James McAlinden, from York, but will retain the same name.

Mr Goddard said: "I've had 40 years of it and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but I just think it's time to bring in some new blood.

"I spoke to a few people who had an interest in the business and I'm sure that I've got the right people. They want to keep much of the traditional style of the shop and the products but also bring in some fresh new ideas.

"They are good guys and I wish them the best of luck. I hope they can keep it going for as long as we have."

Mr Tookman said: "Both James and I have experience working in wholesale businesses but retail is our true passion.

"We have been looking for a year or so for the right business to takeover and this is perfect for us.

"We think it is important to keep much of the tradition of Robert Goddard's, but we also want to introduce some products that will appeal to a younger market."

There were Robert Goddard shops in Spalding and King's Lynn that had been sold previously.

Mr Goddard said he would enjoy his retirement pursuing his interests, which include tennis, golf and walking.

He said: "It's great to have more time to do the things that I want to do. I will be keeping myself busy and certainly won't be sitting watching daytime soap operas."

He added: "I want to thank all the customers that have kept the business going for so long.

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