Shops mark a legacy of successful trading

Bussens and Parkin celebrate 100 years in Mildenhall.''Pic from approx 1930.
Bussens and Parkin celebrate 100 years in Mildenhall.''Pic from approx 1930.
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TWO Mildenhall stores have celebrated their legacies of trading in the town.

Bussens and Parkin in Kings Street and The Corner Stores in Brandon Road both held celebrations to mark 100 and 25 years respectively of successful business.

Bussens and Parkin celebrate 100 years in Mildenhall.''Ken and Carol Thompson with actor Neil Stuke and long serving staff member (now retired) Muriel Brewster.

Bussens and Parkin celebrate 100 years in Mildenhall.''Ken and Carol Thompson with actor Neil Stuke and long serving staff member (now retired) Muriel Brewster.

Department store and builders merchant Bussens and Parkin celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday with a party attended by actor Neil Stuke.

Owner Ken Thompson said: “It was a wonderful celebration.

“It’s a massive responsibility when you know the shops been going for 80 odd years but we have a good group of staff to help.”

Bussens and Parkin was first opened in Downham Market, Norfolk, in 1912 by ex-soldiers Arthur Bussens and Harold Parkin.

The corner store have been selling goods at their 1987 prices and handing out treats to customers. 'Jeanette Warren and her children who now run the shop'From Left Colin Warren., Craig Warren,.Jeanette Warren and Tina Warren.

The corner store have been selling goods at their 1987 prices and handing out treats to customers. 'Jeanette Warren and her children who now run the shop'From Left Colin Warren., Craig Warren,.Jeanette Warren and Tina Warren.

A store in Mildenhall’s High Street was opened 16 years later to be run by another ex-soldier, John Spencer.

Under three generations of the Spencer family the business survived both the second world war and a devastating fire that destroyed the shop in 1968.

Ken Thompson took over the business from Peter Spencer in 2000 and said the focus was on surviving the recession and ensuring a century of high standards were continued.

The Corner Stores in Brandon Road celebrated 25 years in the town by lowering the price of goods to their 1987 rate.

The shop was opened by husband and wife Jeanette and Barry Warren in 1987.

She said: “It was hard work to make a living out of it at first, it was just my husband we worked all the hours god gave and gradually we built it up.

The general store is now run by Jeanette’s sons Craig and Colin who took over after the death of her husband.

Jeanette said: “It’s been a lot of hard work, sweat and tears it’s a family business and hopefully we will still be here in 25 years - that will be up to the boys.”