Sad day for The Shore

The Arran Banner - - Front Page - Hugh Boag edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

The Shore in Whit­ing Bay has closed its doors for the last time.

Last Satur­day was the fi­nal day of trad­ing for the cof­fee shop, take­away and deli, and it was a sad time for the staff.

Boss Sheena Mc­Don­ald said it was sim­ply not pay­ing its way.

‘The whole is­land de­mo­graphic has changed,’ she told the Ban­ner. ‘There are a lot more day trip­pers now who are sim­ply not us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties on the is­land.

‘A lot of them stay in Brod­ick and if they do travel round the is­land they seem to head up north.’

It is three years since a ma­jor makeover saw the for­mer Vil­lage Shop con­verted into the take­away and cof­fee shop.

Sheena said: ‘Ini­tially we tried open­ing later to serve evening meals but when that didn’t work we con­cen­trated on the day­time trade, but there just wasn’t the cus­tomers to keep us go­ing.

‘We’ve re­ally tried to make it work but de­spite try­ing lots and lots of dif- fer­ent ap­proaches we just haven’t been able to con­tinue as a vi­able busi­ness.

‘In ret­ro­spect, open­ing through the win­ter was not a sen­si­ble idea and at least now there are jobs avail­able on Ar­ran for our won­der­ful, amaz­ing and loyal staff.

‘Thank you to all our cus­tomers both when we were the Vil­lage Shop and The Shore.’ It is un­der­stood owner Kate Arm­strong will put the premises on the mar­ket.

‘It would be good to see a new busi­ness open­ing up, the vil­lage needs some­thing to bring peo­ple in,’ Sheena added.

Last dough at Dou­glas Deli, turn to page two.

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Sheena Mc­Don­ald with chef son John and Deb­bie Arm­strong out­side The Shore, which is now closed.

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