Ricemans

Ricemans

Ricemans was a department store, established in 1962 by Fred Riceman. Ricemans originally traded in Deal, Kent, however a fire in October 1964 caused the store to completely burn down. Fred Riceman decided not to rebuild the store in Deal, but instead to open a new department store in Canterbury.

The new store was adjoined to the Whitefriars Shopping Centre, rose to seven floors in height and boasted the largest toy department in Canterbury. It was also one of the biggest department stores in the city, selling a variety of fashion accessories, shoes, clothes, toys, home and garden ware.

Ricemans of Canterbury became part of the Fenwick Group in 1986. In 2003 the store was closed and demolished as part of a major redevelopment in the city and subsequent rebuilding of the Whitefriars Shopping Centre. Ricemans was replaced by a new Fenwick department store.

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