One of Exeter’s Oldest Businesses Taken Over

One of Exeter’s Oldest Businesses Taken Over

Exeter’s longest-established estate agent and one of the UK’s oldest family businesses, Force and Sons Exeter, has been taken over by lettings’ experts Cardens Residential.

Cardens Residential has taken over the lettings business of Force and Sons Exeter as it grows its offering of rental properties in the city. Staff from Force and Sons Exeter will join the team at the Cardens Residential office in Longbrook Street.

Stephen Force and Jon Carden
Stephen Force and Jon Carden

Jon Carden, managing director of Cardens Residential, said:

“We are delighted to complete this takeover, Force and Sons Exeter has been a well-respected business in the city for around 200 years. We intend to continue this legacy and grow and develop our business in the city still further.”

“And it feels like a circle has been completed, my late father, who was a partner at Husseys, used to work with Arthur Force.”

Force and Sons Exeter has been in existence since 1790 and is one of the oldest family-run firms in the country. The founder was John Force, a builder and auctioneer, who originally had premises in Cathedral Yard, Exeter.

In 1820 he moved the business to Sidwell Street and the firm expanded into estate agency. There has been continuous family involvement in the firm throughout its history and it is currently run by brothers David and Stephen Force.

John Force
John Force

Stephen Force said:

“The time was right for us to make this change in our business. Although I will miss the property market, I am very pleased that our clients will be in safe hands with a firm of the calibre of Cardens.”

“It has been an honour for us to work in Exeter for the many years we have, selling houses to generations of families. We’d like to thank our staff, clients and suppliers for those many years of loyalty.”

Jon Carden established Cardens Residential more than 25 years ago and has grown the business to a team of 14, specialising in lettings, and particularly student lettings.

Jon added:

“Over this time, we’ve seen significant changes to the community. Exeter has grown and evolved into a major business centre and throughout this time Cardens has offered a high quality service to people with a range of housing and property needs.”

“Our acquisition of Force and Sons Exeter enables us to continue to deliver that service to an even greater number of people.”

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