A FAMILY-RUN business in Fordingbridge is celebrating 50 years of trading.

Caxton Décor was first opened in 1971 by Malcolm and Joyce Adams in the premises known as Caxton House, which is opposite its present location, selling paints, wallpaper and hardware.

They were soon to become very busy and double in size.

Four years after opening, Caxtons as it is known locally, moved across the road to the premises previously run as The Silver Dollar Saloon.

In 1992 works were completed on an upstairs extension to house Caxton Interiors – a new showroom and a bespoke interior design consultant.

Today the company is run by Malcolm and his daughter Jackie along with their dedicated staff.

It stocks a variety of paints, timber products, glass and plumbing and electrical items.

Over the years it has expanded its stock to include gardening and camping and fireside items and recently a key cutting service. Provision was made to open an extensive cookware shop within the building.

Caxtons has managed to keep going during the last few difficult months due to the loyalty of its customers and the dedication of the staff.

They are very grateful to be celebrating their 50 year anniversary - continuing to trade for, “The most amazing 50 years,” said Jackie.

“Times change, but we are delighted to be able to offer the same level of individual service to our customers – we see ourselves as a modern mini department store with an old fashioned style of personal and helpful service.”

Malcolm said they were “pleased” and “privileged” to be part of the community.

Speaking about the milestone, he added: “It is brilliant to be in the same ownership over 50 years.

“It is a privilege people have supported us over the last 50 years and we are still here.”


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