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BOTTOMS UP: Rickmansworth wine merchants raise a glass to 70 years 

 Published on: 27th September 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The oldest independent family run business in Rickmansworth is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month in exceptional style.

F. L. Dickins, wholesale and retail wine merchants, enter 70th year in Rickmansworth with the third generation of the Dickins family running the company – sisters Karen and Alison Dickins own it with their mother, Betty.

The company was founded in 1949 as a brasserie by Karen and Alison’s grandfather, Frank, and initially had over 100 members of staff working in shops in Moneyhill Parade, Chesham and 89-91 High Street, Rickmansworth.

F. L. Dickins adopted a more personal, family-driven approach Frank’s son Roger took over in the 60’s. He sold its first two premises and Dickins became wine merchants working solely from the High Street shop.

The current trio, who took over from Roger when he sadly passed away in 1995, are holding a special champagne tasting celebration this weekend (Saturday, October 5) before the official anniversary takes place on October 7.

Karen Dickins told RickyNews: “It’s an honour to still be serving this community and we only have our loyal customers to thank for it. We’ve survived tough times for local business.

“We also have a wholesale side to the business which supplies golf clubs, pubs and restaurants so that’s really helped us along.

“We look forward to continuing our trade for a long time to come.”

F. L. Dickins has a huge selection of wines and spirits, as well as local products like gin, cider, apple juice, honey, shampoo, conditioner and various condiments. They also have a private car park and deliver hampers of all sizes.

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