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Gows closes doors after 150 years

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Gows, based in Dundee, Scotland, has gone out of business after more than 150 years.

One of the UK’s oldest fishing tackle stores has closed its doors after more than 150 years of trading.

Gows, which was established as both a maker of fishing tackle and gun accessories at its store in Dundee, in 1860, has been a fixture in the Scottish town and served generations of country sports enthusiasts.

The last registered company director, Ryan Balcombe, is believed to have resigned his position earlier this year. An administrator has yet to be appointed.

The store has a notorious past and was forced to close in 1989 after the gruesome murder of its manager in a robbery that went wrong.

It was later reopened after Doug Masson bought the business. He was joined by Balcombe as company director three years ago.

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