A quick update on the shops on Main Street as we’ve been getting messages asking when they’re opening again. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be anytime soon.
The two shops on the lower floor of the tenement which caught alight, weren’t just smoke damaged. They were entirely gutted by fire as shown by these ‘before and after’ photos.
‘Snips’ Hairdressers and Cathy’s ‘Bitta Bling’ shop were utterly destroyed in the blaze, which we should not forget also destroyed homes above. The fire has deeply affected residents and staff in the shops.
Latest estimates on repairs and renovation is that it could take at least half a year for things to be up and running again, quite possibly into 2020.
Cath McInally who shared these photos told us, “I’m missing my wee shop so much and more so all the lovely people.”