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Rutland's oldest department store Ford's of Oakham, which opened in 1877, to close this Summer

A Rutland store has announced it will close its doors in August as the family business moves its attention back to funeral directing.

Ford’s of Oakham opened in 1877 and has premises in Church Street where it was originally a furniture maker and funeral directors, before gradually expanding and adding departments to become the county’s only independent department store.

But, while the department store will be closing, the original family business of funeral directing will remain, with a new office set to open at the front of the current Ford’s building later this Summer.

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