“Business as usual” says Bill

Bill bowles and his daughter Bethany in the new shop on Carnoustie High Street.
Bill bowles and his daughter Bethany in the new shop on Carnoustie High Street.

A PAIR of Carnoustie businesses have risen from the ashes of a devastating fire to re-open in record time.

On Monday The Perfect Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Ltd and The Carnoustie Country Larder opened their doors under the one roof at 69 High Street.

Owner Bill Bowles and his family have been inundated with messages of support and offers of help since the fire on January 4 and this he believes has speeded up the reopening process.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted to do what we’ve done. We want to say a massive thanks to everyone who has helped us to get the place sorted out.”

The two businesses currently occupy the former premises of Mel’s Pet Shop, and are offering the same services as before, albeit with the laundry done off-site by Bill’s staff.

He said: “It’s absolutely the same, exactly, nothing has changed and basically it’s business as usual.”

On the subject of his old premises Bill said: “It’s been secured structurally and they’ve shored it up.

“In the long term I don’t know what will happen. It still has to be properly surveyed. We hope it will be saved but it’s in the hands of the structural engineers and the surveyors.”

He added: “We’re still sorting out what is damaged and what is recoverable so if anyone who had something at the shop could please come down to the new shop and we’ll get them a claim form and sort that out for them.”