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OPEN ALL HOURS; Scotland's oldest corner shop hasn't missed a day since 1930.


IT has been open for 26,645 days without fail.

But after 73 years, Frank Still is selling his family's shop.

The grocer is hanging up his overalls after 57 years in the business.

And it means the end for FD Stills, which has never missed a day's trading even during World War II.

Frank's dad bought the shop, then known as Hazelbank Dairy, in 1930. And when Frank left school in 1946, he joined him in the Aberdeen business.

Frank, 72, said: ``It was my destiny to work at the shop. I couldn't have done the work had I not enjoyed it. I have loved every day of it.''

During all those years, the shop closed only once for a half day on April 27, 1965, when Frank Still snr died.

But Frank, and wife Georgina, put their success down to having a good relationship with the regulars in the city's Torry area.

He said: ``We have built up good friendships with the customers over the years.''

But Frank is looking forward to stepping down. He said: ``I haven't lived in my house much, so I plan to spend more time there.''


SHELF LIFE: Frank and Georgina
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 3, 2003
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