After the sale of Suters, what happened to various family members involved with the company ?.......
Clarence Suter retired and moved to Meadle near Princes Risborough, Bucks living at his elder son Tom and his wife Doreen's farm until his death at Stoke Mandeville on the 2nd September 1979.[More information about Clarence Suter Here]
Frank Suter retired and continued to live in Stoke Poges till his death on the 22nd October 1990. [More information about Frank Suter Here]
John Suter retired and lived in Gerrards Cross until his death on September 11th 1998 a month before his 91st birthday [More information about John Suter and the Uxbridge Rotary Club Here] He became a director of Philip and Gráinne Suter's company Jeffrey Milner Ltd and assisted with the bookeeping.
Tony Suter worked for SSVC for a number of years before retiring.
Ian Suter who had left the family business several years before 1978 had set up Ian Suter Fashions with his wife Christine (who passed away in 2006) had been a fashion buyer at Suters. They were based in Marlow and Wallingford and eventually retired to Spain.
Dick (Richard) Suter moved to Belgium and worked for Champion Spark Plug in Belgium, as Public Relations Manager for Europe, Africa and Middle East He and his wife Ginny retired to the south of France and both died of cancer within six weeks of each other on the 21st March and 9th May 2013.
Robert Suter continued in the retail business working for the John Lewis Partnership at Brent Cross, West London and High Wycombe until finally retiring in 2013.
Philip Suter became involved with the property business setting up Frank Farr & Sons residential lettings in 1984 and JNP's Lettings in 2001. With his wife Gráinne, they established jml Training Consultancy under the Jeffrey Milner Ltd company and also beacme involved with online marketing for insurance products.
Other Members of the Suter family who had worked for Suters Ltd
When Arthur Suter (father of Elizabeth "Su", Ruth and George) passed away on the 14th March 1972 his wife Dorothy became a non executive director. This was an arrangement made by the four brothers, Arthur, Clarence, Frank and John that their wife would become a non excecutive director in the event of their death. Dorothy remained a director till she passed away on the 17th June 1975. See also Arthur Suter page
Anita Suter (passed away on the 4th November 2014 More Here) who was married to Robert Suter was a fashion buyer for both stores.
After 1978 in Slough
In November 1978 it was re-branded as Owen Owen. It was later sold to Alders in 1998 and then to Debenhams
In the book "High Street Heroes - The story of British Retail in 50 People" by John Timpson the Chairman of the Timpson Group published in 2015. Under "Philip Green" he writes "The leverage deals got progressively bigger and more ambitious. The purchase the following year (1994) year of Owen Owen, the department store chain that also owned Lewis's Department Stores (not to be confused with John Lewis) was more about property than retailing. Some stores were sold to Alders and Debenhams before Philip Green sold his stake (to David Thompson) and moved on to the next deal". More information here about this book
Below: Slough - June 2014
Above rear of "Debenhams" in Slough, on close up photo to left the brickwork is a different colour, beige by the two windows that was home to the boardroom. This was painted over after Owen Owen bought Suters in 1978 as the word Suters was there using a dark red coloured brick. You can just about see this on the image on the right below.
The image below right is the only remaining green on the building that the company used to use for shopping bags, vans, letterheads, flags, garage doors, goods entrance doors and signeage etc. This section of the building was an additional floor to accommodate the goods lift machinery.
After 1978 in Uxbridge
In November 1978 it was re-branded as Owen Owen. After Slough was sold to Alders the Uxbridge store was split into two units around 1998 . It is now occupied by Superdrug on the ground floor and Sports Direct on the first and second floors.
By June 2014 the Old Woolworths premises has been occupied by Poundland. Had the Uxbridge site been sold off later after Woolworths closed, the two sites could have become a good size town centre department store. When the site was Suters (later Owen Owen) the sales area was some 34,969 sq feet, whereas with the Woolworth site a unit of some 70,000 sq feet could have been a possibility.
Below back in 1978
Source of images, unless otherwise stated - Suter family archives