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Two much-loved businesses are on the look out for new owners this week.

Connel’s long-established village shop has gone on the market for offers over £250,000 and Oban’s dedicated vegetarian Little Potting Shed Cafe is also looking for someone new to take it over.

Sandra Jordon, who has run the Connel store and post office for the past five years, said: ‘It’s with a heavy heart I’m putting my wee shop up for sale.’

Russel Goodman, whose cafe was one of the first establishments in town to go plastic-free, said it had been ‘a tough few months at the café’ and he had come to the conclusion it was time for him to move on.

‘The past few years have been challenging, to say the least, and as you will no doubt gather, the past few months have really been tough, with ongoing staffing issues and the continuing rising costs of fuel, energy and products,’ he said, adding all those factors had reinforced his decision.

Mr Goodman took to social media to thank all the staff over the past seven years saying that he and his late wife Joolz, who died in a car crash in 2017, could not have done it without them.

He also thanked customers from near and far who had ‘kept the place ticking’ over during quiet times.