Hewitts of Croydon, one of Croydon’s oldest retail stores, celebrated their 150th Anniversary with football legend and TV pundit Mark Bright, who joined the Mayor of Croydon and more than 150 guests and staff in the celebrations at their retail store.
Speaking at the champagne reception, Mark paid tribute to the company, which is still owned and run by the Hewitts family. Hewitts have provided school, Scouts and Guides uniforms, sportswear and fitness equipment to the people of Croydon for many generations.
"Congratulations to Hewitts – I’m really impressed by everyone here and I wonder how many of today’s businesses will be here in 150 years’ time,” said Mark. “For a firm to last so long and still be going strong says a lot about the quality of their business.”
More than 150 years after father and son Charles George and Charles Hewitt opened a gentlemen’s outfitters in Church Street, the business is still family-run by owner and managing director Martin Hewitt, 65, who joined his 91-year-old mother Betty in welcoming guests to the anniversary party.