Dimond's to close

PUBLISHED: 12:50 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

A SHOP, which has been part of the fabric of Honiton since 1888, is to close. A Dimond and Co, founded by Robert Dimond 120 years ago, will close its High Street retail outlet when a tenant is found to take over the shop unit. It will be business as usual

A SHOP, which has been part of the fabric of Honiton since 1888, is to close.A Dimond and Co, founded by Robert Dimond 120 years ago, will close its High Street retail outlet when a tenant is found to take over the shop unit.It will be business as usual until the town centre shop, which occupies a prime position, is let.Anthony Dimond, who is to retire, told the Herald yesterday (Tuesday) that he hopes to continue the firm's stationery delivery service to local businesses from the rear of the premises."I have put the shop up for rent and hope to attract tenants," he said."It could be in two months or two years' time.""I might keep a retail stationery section going, but it will depend on the tenant."The shop, as it is, will close."Mr Dimond stressed his decision to retire now has got nothing to do with Tesco's plan to relocate to a site closer to High Street, in Ottery Moor Lane."It is a pure coincidence," he said."As a lot of people know, I suffer from poor eyesight and I have been planning to retire for some time."For many years, Mr Dimond's father, Arthur, who is a respected and active figure in the community, ran the business.

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