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What are some old businesses that have been around for a long time?

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Construction, logging, breweries, shoe making and hotels/restaurants are some of the oldest businesses that have been around for a long time. Most of these businesses have evolved over time to meet the changing needs. Arms/weapons manufacturing, grocery, printing/publishing, pottery and confectioneries are some more examples of old businesses.

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The oldest hotel, as per Guinness Book of World Records, is Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, a hot spring hotel in Japan, which opened in 705. Ichimojiya Wasuke, founded in 1000, is one of the oldest confectionery companies in the world. St. Peter's Abbey in Austria is a restaurant running since 803 and is the oldest restaurant in Europe. Weihenstephan Abbey, the oldest brewery in the world, has been making beer for more than 1,000 years.

Printing and publishing business has thrived ever since the invention of printing in the 15th century. Founded in 1534, Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world. Royal Delft earthenware in Delft, Holland, founded in 1653 is one of the fanciest pottery companies in the world.

Arms and weapons manufacturing, one of the most lucrative businesses that has stood the test of time, has grown into one of the biggest industries of the 21st century. Beretta, founded in 1526 in Italy, is one of the oldest arms company in the world.

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