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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.

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