Strathkinness shop and post office to close

Strathkinnness shop keeper Kevin Taylor.
Strathkinnness shop keeper Kevin Taylor.
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Strathkinness is set to lose its last shop and sub-post office after local businessman Kevin Taylor and his wife, Susan, have decided to call it a day.

The business in the village’s Main Street will close on July 31 after the couple agreed that it is no longer viable to continue the operation.

With the shop relying heavily on passing trade, roadworks earlier in the year saw its takings dip to an all-time low - barely £50 a day on some occasions, Mr Taylor told the Citizen.

However, coupled with that has been the lack of custom and support from villagers, leaving the couple with no alternative but to close the business they have run for 13 years, latterly from the front of their home.

Mr Taylor (42) said: ”We have not taken a wage now for almost a year and have been using our savings to keep it open. Our accountant told us some time ago that we should close, but we always believed we could turn it around.

”Also, we have not had the support from people in the village with only 30 per cent using us regularly. It is only passing trade that has kept us going.

”It is a sad day for the village, but it would appear that local people don’t want a shop here because they have not supported us. It is very sad in a way, but enough is enough.”

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Mr Taylor added that he and his wife - the couple have two children - had found other employment.

Post Office Ltd has announced that, following the resignation of the sub-postmaster, the branch will temporarily close on July 28.

However, Brian Turnbull, field change advisor for Post Office Ltd, said he wished to assure villagers that their intention was to continue to provide a service.

He added: ”Regrettably, following the resignation of the sub-postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for our use - and despite our best efforts to maintain a Post Office counter service - we have no other option but to temporarily close this branch.

“The provision of a Post Office® service to our customers in the local community is of paramount importance to us and it is therefore important that any future service is sustainable for the new sub-postmaster and for Post Office Ltd.

‘‘We will continue to review solutions to provide a service in the area as soon as possible.”