Purdie’s shuts shop in Oban

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Family-run skincare and candles company Purdie’s of Argyll has shut its  Oban shop.

The George Street business closed for good last week based on ‘a purely financial decision’.

However, Purdie’s will keep open the purpose-built production site at Glenshellach Business Park.

Purdie’s second shop, in Main Street West, Inveraray, will also stay open. The toiletries company formed in 2004.

BID4Oban chief executive Andrew Spence said: ‘We are sad to see a shop go from the town. However, we believe there is a business ready to take over the lease and also believe there is someone ready to take over the lease of the former Kitchen Garden deli and who is due to start refitting the shop in January.’

Mr Spence added: ‘The positive thing is that we are seeing a turnover in shops being taken and people moving into the town.’

BID4Oban will be promoting its Love Oban gift vouchers in a special week from October 11 to 20, with a shop local day on November 17.

‘Shop local is our message,’ said Mr Spence.