The Leather Shop & Packer Sports

From origins in post WW2 trading The Mansfield Leather Company started retail trading on Station Street in the 1950s. The building is now demolished, below the Railway Inn. When new shops were built on Regent Street Alan Packer (my father) took the bold decision to move The Leather Shop to no.26. Sports goods became an increasing part of the business that had included handicrafts, luggage, handbags, purses, wallets and leather clothing. Membership of the international marketing group Intersport was achieved shortly before Alan’s death in 1975. I continued the business in Regent Street and later on Westgate until the Company closed in 2000.

1950s Station Street
1960 Regent Street
1970 Packers renaming
Late 1970s New sign
1990 Westgate Shop
Alan Packer presents a shirt to a Stags player
Mike Packer (2nd left) litter bin initiative
Business origins

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  • I started work in 1957 as a trainee mechanic at the Midland Garage on Station Street, owned by Stan Fowkes. It was directly across the road from the leather shop and I can remember Mansfield’s somewhat eccentric sign writer Jack Riley actually painting the logo shown in the first picture, clad in his trademark beret and artists smock.

    By philip tatley (11/12/2021)

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