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After 120 years in business, successful independent department store Ravens of Southend is to close its doors for the final time this October.

The family-run indie has grown to be a focal point in the seaside town of Southend, known for its carefully curated mix of menswear and womenswear, including brands such as Digel, Fynch-Hatton, Loake, Olymp & Tressanti.

Current owner and forth generation of the Raven family to run the shop, Neil Raven, is set to retire this year. “It was a really difficult decision to make, especially after speaking to my parents who ran the shop previously, but now’s the right time. We’ve become a beacon in the community if I’m honest and, of course, our customers aren’t happy about the fact that we’re shutting up shop, but after working in the business for over 40 years, my wife and I are looking forward to our retirement.”

Ravens of Southend will close on the 31st October and is offering up to 25 per cent off all stock up until then.

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