Com­mu­nity Char­ity Shop closes

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

A COM­MU­NITY shop that has raised more than £ 500,000 in the seven years it has been in op­er­a­tion will close its doors for the last time next week.

MacQueen Bros Char­i­ta­ble Trust’s Com­mu­nity Char­ity Shop has been given un­til July 29 to va­cate the premises on Oban’s North Pier.

This is so the pier can be up­graded to in­clude pon­toons and var­i­ous pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties.

Gra­ham MacQueen, one of the di­rec­tors of MacQueen Bros, said: ‘ We are very grate­ful to Argyll and Bute Coun­cil for giv­ing us this place free of charge.

‘It’s been a hugely pow­er­ful part­ner­ship with MacQueen Bros, Argyll and Bute Coun­cil and the vol­un­teers.

‘It’s a great ser­vice for the com­mu­nity and the shop will be sadly missed by peo­ple from Lewis to Iona and all the spa­ces in be­tween.

‘It’s been a great as­set to peo­ple want­ing to fur­nish their house for a lost cost.’

Anne Mac­Don­ald, a vol­un­teer at the shop, said: ‘I am very sad.

‘ We are all go­ing to miss it very much.

‘I loved work­ing in the shop. There were 16 of us work­ing there and we all worked well to­gether.’

MacQueen Bros Char­i­ta­ble Trust will con­tinue to raise money for the com­mu­nity through the sale of fur­ni­ture from the MacQueen’s ware­house on Glen­gal­lan Road.

Some of the vol­un­teers and Gra­ham MacQueen gather for a pho­to­graph out­side of the well-known char­ity shop.

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