Centenary celebrations for Taynuilt grocers

Iain Campbell outside Grahams the Grocers celebrating 100 years in business - Iain has worked there for almost half of it. KG_T25_IainCampbell

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Could Taynuilt be home to one of the oldest grocer’s shops in Scotland?

Celebrations at the weekend with cake and congratulations marked 100 years since Grahams the Grocers opened in Main Street.

Balloons were hung, a birthday cake was made by neighbouring Robin’s Nest tearoom and shop windows were decorated with displays telling the shop’s history.

Today’s owner Iain Campbell was just 11-years-old when he started working in the shop, even turning up in his school holidays.

That work ethic has stuck over the past 47 years with Iain devoted to serving his community, opening seven days a week and only ever taking Christmas day off.

Trained to be a professional grocer, Iain stayed on as manager when the shop was sold in the 1980s, then took it over in 1999 as his own business.

The shop has stayed independent all those years and Iain is determined to keep it like that.

‘That’s the way it’s going to stay,’ he said.

‘I’d like to thank all my customers for their loyalty,’ added Iain who never forgets a face – even once a year holidaymakers.

Customers giving their congratulations, described Iain as ‘a lynch-pin of the village’ and being ‘an extremely kind and caring person’ highly valued by the community.

 

Caption: Iain Campbell outside Grahams the Grocers celebrating 100 years in business in Taynuilt – Iain has worked there for almost half of that time.
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