Family business to close after four generations


One of Dysart’s oldest and most recognisable businesses has had to shut it’s doors for good.

JA Glass, which has been a feature of Dysart High Street since the 1800’s, has been forced to sell up.

The business which has been run by four generations of the same family is closing, though the name will carry on.

Donald Glass, who has been running the business with his cousin Duncan since 1990, said: “It’s very sad to be selling.

“It’s all came about very quickly, you don’t just sell a family business for no real reason.”

However, the company buying the business, Forth Wines, has vowed that the name will continue.

Ironically it was set up by a group of Fife businesses - which included the second generation of JA Glass.

“The decision to sell wasn’t taken lightly,” said Donald.

“We’re proud that Forth Wines has bought us over as we obviously have a strong bond between us.”

Donald listed a number of factors that have led to the business being sold. “Ageing is one reason,” he said.

“Then there’s the sad demise of 75 per cent of licensed premises that have closed. The way the industry has been going there are many other licensees that are fighting for survival too.”


Donald had a goodbye message for all the JA Glass customers.

“We really want to thank them all, past and present, for their loyalty. We will miss them as much as they will miss us.”

Duncan Glass is taking on a post as a consultant with Forth Wines and the five members of staff have been offered posts with Forth Wines, at Milnathort, near Kinross.

Donald himself is not sure what he will do. “I’ve always worked in the licence trade so I’m not sure what I’ll do.

“I’ll take a bit of time out, but I’m not ready for retiring just yet.”