Chalmers returns after seven months

Business Chalmers staff welcome back customers

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Staff at Chalmers are back at work in Oban as it reopened its doors for the first time since lockdown.

The premises at 42-46 George Street was swiftly transformed and restocked after word came through that it can start trading again, despite the parent company, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, having formally entered administration.

Manager Helen Hetherington thanked all those customers who had supported the store so far.

Of the first day back, she said: ‘It was a good day, we saw some familiar faces and it was lovely being back. It’s mostly locals and we have seen a few tourists, all I would say is keep coming and keep supporting us.’

It is hoped that a strong run-up to Christmas could see the shop saved after its near neighbour across Argyll Street sadly had to close with the loss of up to four jobs.

Trading at Chalmers is said to date back 197 years with the distinctive building being a landmark on Oban’s seafront.