Popular Honiton appliance shop set to close down

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 23 February 2018

Havills in Honiton. Image: Google Maps

Havills in Honiton. Image: Google Maps

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A popular home and kitchen appliance shop in Honiton is closing down next month.

Havills Electrical Store, owned by Martin Havill, will shut its doors for good on Thursday, March 29 as part of a planned scale back.

Mr Havill, whose shop opened in April 2010, said the closure would enable him to start working part-time.

He added: “We have also come to the end of our lease.

“We have written to all of our regular customers to explain the situation, and hope to see them in our Alphington store at the edge of Exeter.

“Whatever we sold at Honiton was always delivered from Alphington - the only change is people will be unable to come into the Honiton store to see the products.”

Mr Havill said it has been a ‘very good’ journey since the opening of Honiton store eight years ago.

He said: “I am sorry to leave. I am planning part time work so it just fitted together.”

Until closing day, Havills of Honiton will only open three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It is currently closed due to ‘staff shortages’, but is expected to reopen soon.

Mr Havill said Clifford Hamstead, the Honiton’s shop manager, would be returning to the Exeter shop after the closure.

He added that any customers who call the Honiton phone number will be re-directed to the Alphington shop.

Havills, which will be celebrating 60 years of trading next year, first opened in Alphington, before expanding into Heavitree, Topsham and Honiton.

The Honiton store will be the third to close as part of Mr Havill’s planned scale-back.

Tony McCollum, chairman of Honiton Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are sorry to see another shop unit become vacant in Honiton.

“It’s sad for Honiton, but unfortunately these things happen.

“Havills is a very people shop and Clifford is well-known and respected in the town - he was highly thought of.

“It’s sad to see another business leave Honiton.”

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