Fears allayed after village store reopens

Spar shop East Wemyss - Tereza Wiseman, Stephen Christmas, Vicky French and Louise Soutar. Pic by George McLuskie
Spar shop East Wemyss - Tereza Wiseman, Stephen Christmas, Vicky French and Louise Soutar. Pic by George McLuskie

Concerns that a village community would be left without its local grocery store over Christmas have been quashed after staff stepped up to re-open the premises.

The Spar store on Main Road in East Wemyss had to close to the public last Wednesday after an early morning incident, and there were fears from locals and elected officials that the damage caused might prevent it from re-opening for several weeks.

However, thanks to to the galliant efforts of the store’s staff, they were able to open the doors to their loyal local customers on Monday, just five days later.

Although the damage remains, it has been boarded up and there is access at the front of the store.

Vicky French from the local convenience store praised the staff for all of their hard work in getting it back up and running.

“They all just got stuck in and that’s why we were able to open after just five days.”

Ms French also thanked the local public for all of their support following the incident last week.

Councillor John O’Brien had voiced his concerns about the lack of grocery services for the village - especially its older residents - while the shop remained closed, but he welcomed the news that it had re-opened to quickly.

“Obviously, I am very glad to hear that the store is now trading once again, but I understand that refurbishments are still on-going.”

A man appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court charged in connection with the incident at the store on December 10.