We’re back with our trip down memory lane and this time we’re looking at the first initial expansion of Charles Clinkard. If you missed what happened before in our 1940s chapter, you can head to the previous post here.
So, with an already thriving store and the introduction of children’s shoes, the next stage in our company development was in 1950 with the addition of a second store, located not too far away from our original branch and still within the North East.
Just a short journey across what is now the A689, Finkle Street in Stockton-upon-Tees was where the store was located and it was originally managed by Charles’ son Roger.
That same year, founder Charles Clinkard decided it was time to put his feet up and retire and left the flourishing business under the watchful eye of wife Eveline and sons, Colin, Rodger and John, who were all very eager to grow the business to its best potential.
Just three years later, and with the success of both the Middlesbrough and Stockton store, the brothers and their mother did just what they set out to do and we opened our third store in the seaside town of Redcar – a popular family destination for a summer staycation.
Set just back off the main sea front, our Redcar store remains on the same high street now as it did when it opened in the 1950s, when son, John Clinkard took on the managing role. Sadly, our Stockton store no longer remains open.
But what was next for the business you ask? Well, you’ll have to wait until next months feature to find out. And, if you’d like to follow our story from the beginning, simply head to the blog homepage and click history on the right hand panel.