100 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Dobles can trace its history back 100 years to 1918, when Arthur Golesworthy started the business in Ottery St Mary.
Ivor Doble married Arthur’s daughter Vera in 1949 and the first shop branded Ivor Doble opened a few months later in St Thomas, Exeter. In the early 1960s Ivor opened a new shop in Sidwell Street, which became his flagship store.
The family business expanded in the 70s and 80s with Ivor and Vera’s son John Doble and later their grandson Roo stepping into key roles.
The company now has five shops in Exeter, Torquay, Brixham and Totnes and employs 40 staff.
Ivor Doble, now 93, still pops in to see how business is doing and catch up with staff and customers.