Mys­tery con­tin­ues over po­si­tion of The Yot Spot

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MYS­TERY sur­rounded one of Ar­dr­ishaig’s most prom­i­nent busi­nesses this week.

Changes at The Yot Spot, si­t­u­ated in build­ings be­long­ing to Scot­tish Canals be­side the har­bour, have left cus­tomers some­what in the dark.

The Ar­gyll­shire Advertiser re­cently re­ported on a fail­ure to meet con­tracted hours of the Ar­dr­ishaig Post Of­fice, which is based in The Yot Spot gift shop.

De­spite re­stricted open­ing hours, the Post Of­fice re­mained open, be­fore lo­cals last week be­gan to notice that The Yot Spot restau­rant was closed while the gift shop re­mained open, but with lim­ited stock.

The Yot Spot fa­cil­i­ties were opened in Oc­to­ber 2015 by Oban busi­ness­man Michael Forbes.

Fol­low­ing months of crowd fund­ing, £10,600 was raised to help fund the fit­ting-out of the build­ing.

A spokesper­son for Scot­tish Canals said: ‘We were sad­dened to hear that The Yot Spot has ceased trad­ing, par­tic­u­larly for the staff af­fected. As own­ers of the steamer ter­mi­nal build­ing, we are in dis­cus­sions with the cur­rent owner of the busi­ness about the op­tions avail­able.

‘Pier Square plays an in­te­gral part in our plans to re­gen­er­ate the area and it is im­por­tant that the build­ing con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy.’

The Ar­gyll­shire Advertiser ap­proached Mr Forbes over the claim that The Yot Spot had ceased trad­ing. He replied that the news­pa­per had been ‘mis­led’.

He stated that the Post Of­fice re­mained open with hours in­creased due to de­mand.

At the time of go­ing to press, The Advertiser was un­able to re­ceive fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion from Mr Forbes on the sta­tus of the rest of the busi­ness, in­clud­ing the restau­rant and laun­dry ser­vices.

A spokesper­son for the Post Of­fice con­firmed that the Post Of­fice was still trad­ing. They said: ‘We can con­firm that our Post Of­fice branch in Ar­dr­ishaig re­mains open for busi­ness. We un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate how much com­mu­ni­ties rely on our ser­vices.

‘We will be con­tact­ing our op­er­a­tor as a mat­ter of ur­gency to address any con­cerns raised.’

Michael Forbes with Princess Anne at the of­fi­cial open­ing back in May.

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