125 year milestone for Honiton business

PUBLISHED: 09:37 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 June 2013

Honiton stationers, A Dimond, celebrate their 125th anniversary. Managing director Chris Warren in his shop. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2990-21-13AW

Honiton stationers, A Dimond, celebrate their 125th anniversary. Managing director Chris Warren in his shop. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2990-21-13AW

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A long-established business in Honiton has reached an historic milestone – celebrating 125 years of trading.

Stationers A Dimond and Co Ltd is thought to be one of the oldest businesses in the town and was founded on June 26, 1888.

It is now owned by managing director Chris Warren, and Anthony and Janet Dimond, who are the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the High Street business.

“It must now be one of the oldest established businesses in the town,” says Anthony, who ran the store from 1984 after taking over from his father Arthur.

“We are very proud – it is a bit of the history of Honiton.”

He added: “To be in the same premises is quite an achievement.”

The printing office and staionery shop was started and run by Robert Dimond until his early death when his widow Elizabeth took over and continued the business’s legacy whilst raising her family.

It was then taken over by Archie, Arthur’s father, and his sister Annie.

It wasn’t until 1946 that Arthur, a former mayor of Honiton and chairman of the chamber of commerce, came into the family business - running the shop for 38 years.

He said: “It has been hard work.”

Over the years the items sold in the shop have changed but the focus on customer service still remains a strong ethos today. Anthony said: “It is a family business based on service.

Chris added: “It is about customer service and going that extra mile to keep the customer happy.”

The business has won the Pride of Honiton award two years in a row in 2010 and 2011, which is voted for by members of the public.

Anthony said: “We have got support from the community but it was initially very difficult to start with. Honiton people have always supported us and like shopping in our shop. If you survive 25 years you are doing well, so 125 years you are doing very well.”

To celebrate the occasion A Dimond and Co will be running a 10 per cent off promotion in store.


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