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Closing down signs at town store leave ‘mixed feelings’

Owner Julie Grant inside Butters of Spalding which is to close next month.

Owner Julie Grant inside Butters of Spalding which is to close next month.

Most things are replaceable but Spalding will have a hard time finding a successor to workwear and outdoor clothing shop Butters which is closing next month.

Owner Julie Grant has decided she is “ready for something new” after running the shop in New Road for the past 24 years.

But Butters’ history is so much richer having opened in the 1860s and then became a pawnbrokers until the early 1960s.

Julie said: “The shop belonged to the Chapman family who my father Peter Buffham worked for from about 1958 until 1979 when he and his late wife June bought the business.

“I joined in 1990 when it had traditionally been a workwear shop supplying all the local factories.

“We then started doing camping and outdoor goods and when my father retired about nine years ago, I took the business over on my 
own.

“But I’m ready for something new, whatever it is, and the time is right for me to spend more of it with my husband, children and grandchildren.”

Julie has been a well-known figure in Spalding, not only through Butters but also a ten-year-period when she served as a Special Constable in Spalding.

“I have mixed feelings about closing the shop because there’s a lot of history in this place and I’ve built up a rapport with a lot of customers that has been appreciated by the people of Spalding.”

 

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