Retail Property (high street) for sale

Pillars Newsagent & Office Premises, 1 Lower Street, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9AJ

206 sq. m. | £495,000

Property Description

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  • 2,218 sq ft (206 sq m)

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Tenure: Freehold

LOCATION
Located within the heart of the Historical Port of Dartmouth with dual aspect window displays along Lower Street and Mansion House Street.

DESCRIPTION
The property is situated in a prominent position close to the junction of Lower Street and Newcomen Road. Lower Street forms the main routes to and from the Lower Ferry and Newcomen Road is the main route to Dartmouth Castle carrying a good volume of traffic and high pedestrian footfall. There are a variety of independent businesses trading in the area.

W.G. Pillar & Co, A True Family Business!

When eighteen year old Dartmouth Grenadier Guardsman, William George Pillar, lost a leg in the fierce fighting during the Third Battle of Ypres (today commonly referred to simply as Passchendaele), it meant that he was unable to return to his previous civilian trade.
On returning home, ably assisted by his sister Nora and together with the help of his mother Ellen, he opened a small newsagent and sweet shop at 2 Lower Street on 11th August 1919. Sometime later the business expanded into 1 Lower Street the more spacious corner location next door. When George´s brother Wilfred retired from the Royal Navy in 1936 he also joined the growing business.
Being a newsagent they quite obviously sold newspapers and magazines but it has always stocked a plethora of sweets, tobacco and cigarettes, stationery, postcards, greetings cards, buckets and spades, crab lines, toys and games. At one point in its history it also ran a lending library!
After World War II Wilfred´s sons Edgar and Eric were at the helm and when Edgar died his widow Wendy continued in the business. Then, when Eric and his wife Jessie decided it was time to retire after 40 years, the business was officially handed over in 1986 to Edgar´s son Jonathan and his wife Julie and Jonathan´s brother in law Gordon Barnes and wife Bridget (Edgar´s daughter). Jonathan had previously been working in the Model Railway Department in Mansell´s Models in Paignton and Gordon had been working in a fruit packing factory in Kent.
Now with the business celebrating its 90th anniversary this year it is certainly one of the oldest surviving family concerns in Dartmouth. When Jonathan and Gordon took over the shop they decided to display ´the number of days till Christmas´ on the door as a joke but 22 years later it´s still there and when it comes to New Year´s Eve celebrations where else would you consider going but to Pillar´s for your tinsel wigs and false noses! Jonathan says, ´What we actually try to do is cater for the everyday things that local people and the visitors need - we also take in dry cleaning. It sometimes surprises me what we have got and if we haven´t got it we´ll try to get it for you!´


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Nearest station

  • Paignton (5.9 mi)
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The Coastal House, Dartmouth

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01803 367026 Local call rate

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