GENERAL satisfaction has been expressed in Carnoustie now that most of the vacant shops on High Street have been refurbished and re-opened.
Local councillor Brian Boyd was one of those celebrating the resurgence and Carnoustie Development Group chairman Peter Burke believes the future is bright.
Councillor Boyd told the Guide & Gazette: “It is great to see that the old Victoria Wine shop that has lain empty for years has now opened as ‘Allsorts’.
“Pixiestix has also reopened along the High Street which is great news.”
He continued: “I realise that there is one shop empty at The Cross but it would be impossible to rent this in its current state. A total renovation of the area starts soon adding valuable affordable housing for the town and I’m very confident this shop will be snapped up when the renovations above are complete.”
Mr Burke added: “Like councillor Boyd and all the residents of Carnoustie I am pleased to see empty shops filling up.
“Over the past couple of weeks we have had Allsorts and Pixiestix opening, leaving only two vacant properties. Of these, I understand that the old Party Atmospheres at the end of Station Road will come on to the market shortly, and there are interesting plans for the old Tanning Shores at the bottom of Queen Street, one of the High Street’s iconic buildings.”
Mr Burke went on: “Additionally, it has been confirmed that the Golf Inn in Park Avenue is under offer with a view to making a new and different kind of restaurant, and once this goes through there will be no empty premises in the High Street area, a remarkable achievement for a small town in these difficult economic times.”
He concluded: “As the previous Business Association and the current Development Group have always said, the more that townspeople use the High Street, the better the shopping experience will be, and this is proving to be the case. With a broad range of shops staffed by friendly knowledgeable local people, the future is looking bright for the town centre.”
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