Originally a newsagents known as as Biddulphs incorporating a cafe and a lending library, the shop at 16 Rosamund Street was bought by Len Fairclough in May 1973. The name was later changed to The Kabin, despite Rita's suggestion of 'Rita's' turned down. Rita Littlewood was named as the new manager. Rita appointed Mavis Riley, despite Mavis' bout of hiccups during the interview.
Len made the ownership deeds of The Kabin out in Rita's name as a business convenience. When he attempted to sell The Kabin to Alfred Wormold, he found that Rita was unwilling to sell and blocked the deal, denying Len a profit but ensuring her independence.
In 1999, after a long absence, Sharon Gaskell, Len and Rita's long-term foster daughter, returned to Weatherfield. In an attempt to keep Sharon in Weatherfield, Rita gave her The Kabin and took a job as Sharon's assistant. When Sharon was reunited with her husband and the couple decided to leave the area, Rita was forced with no option but to buy back The Kabin for £40,000.
In 1999, Norris Cole was appointed as Rita's assistant.
In 2000, Rita underwent training and was able to open a mini-Post Office in The Kabin. The Post Office remained until 2010 when the shop was badly damaged by the tram crash. When the Kabin reopened in March 2011, the mini-Post Office did not.
In 2004, The Kabin was at the centre of an attempt by Cilla Battersby-Brown to blackmail Rita over accusations of assault on her son Chesney Battersby-Brown. Rita spent a night in jail after an outburst in court, but the attempt failed when the judge awarded only negligible compensation. Rita considered selling the business as a result of the incident, but was talked out of it by Audrey Roberts.
Also in 2004, Norris became convinced The Kabin was haunted when he learned that the newsagents was built on the site of the former Mission of Glad Tidings, where Vera Lomax had died. The cause of the strange events that worried Norris were eventually diagnosed by builder, Charlie Stubbs; as nothing more than the effects of rising damp.
In September 2009, Rita decided to leave her precious Kabin to Norris, and he bought her remaining share of the shop.
In December 2010, both the Kabin and the flat above were badly damaged in the tram crash, with Rita trapped in the ruined shop for hours until Norris raised the alarm and she was found by the emergency services. The shop and flat were rebuilt and reopened in March 2011 as "Norris' News". Rita was distraught but thanks to Emily Bishop, the shop's name changed back to The Kabin shortly afterwards.
In 2017, Colin Callen bought the Kabin and the flat above it from Rita and Norris, although he sold the flat back to Rita and the shop back to Norris after being blackmailed by Adam Barlow and Todd Grimshaw.
- Rita Tanner (1973-2009)
- Norris Cole (2009-2017, 2017-2019)
- Colin Callen (2017)
- Brian Packham (2019-)
- See: List of Kabin staff