A HEREFORDSHIRE shop manager is retiring after 49 years as the shop celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Nick King started his career in shoes back in 1971 aged 16 as a Saturday boy working for his father at Peter Briggs shoes in Shrewsbury.

Now 65, he took over as store manager at the company's shop in Widemarsh Street, Hereford, at the age of 19.

As a bachelor he lived in the flat above the shop for a few years before he met and married his wife, Sue.

Hereford Times: Nick King, retiring after 49 years, with new store manageressNick King, retiring after 49 years, with new store manageress

In 2007 Robin Elt took over the Hereford and Ludlow Briggs shops and renamed it Robin Elt Shoes, but Mr King stayed with it "as part of the fixtures and fittings".


This year he made the tough decision to retire and spend some quality time at home and in his much-loved garden with Sue and their children Emma and Rich, and four grandchildren.

Emily Waldron, area manager of Robin Elt Shoes, said: "The whole team at Robin Elt Shoes wish Nick all the best and a very happy retirement.

"Nick was a big personality in the store and will be hugely missed by the Hereford team, company, and his customers.

"He is a real character, with knowledge of footwear like no other. He has delighted many customers over the years with his wit, expert knowledge of footwear and personal service.


"I would like to take the opportunity to thank Nick for his many years of support in the business and wish him all the best for his retirement."

A new manager starts from today (May 2).

"She is very much looking forward to meeting all our lovely customers instore," said Ms Waldron.