Retailer closes after 35 years
TORBAY retailer Harbour Sports Ltd has ceased trading after 35 years in business.
The directors of the firm have announced that its shops in Exeter and Plymouth have closed for good due to 'adverse factors'.
But they have said the shop in Paignton Harbour will re-open again in the future with some changes.
A statement by the company said it wanted to thank all its customers and staff for their loyalty and service.
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"We very much regret that a combination of adverse factors has led to this outcome.
"We would like to thank our customers over the 35 years it has taken to build up this local family business, and particularly our staff for all their support and hard work.
"Our shops in Exeter and the Barbican, Plymouth have closed permanently. Our base at Paignton Harbour will re-open with some changes in the future and details of this will be released later."
Harbour Sports was founded in the 1970s by Julian Smith and Frank Sobey (pictured above), together with their wives Sue and Lyndy.
As well as retailing watersports clothing and equipment it ran a popular windsurfing school for 20 years and was well known in the 1980s for speedboat trips and aquasausage rides in Torbay.
These were featured in a number of national TV programmes.