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Hourstons closure in Ayr marks the loss of another traditional shop

Sad to see news of the closure of Hourstons shop in Ayr.

One of Ayr’s oldest high street stores is to close after more than 100 years with the loss of 81 jobs.

Staff at Hourstons on Alloway Street were told on Monday that the department store would shut on 7 February.

The shop, which first opened its doors in Ayr in 1896, is the latest in a series of town centre stores to close in recent years.

South Ayrshire Council leader Douglas Campbell described the news as “truly heartbreaking” for the town.

He added: “Hourstons is synonymous with Ayr high street and its loss will be felt throughout South Ayrshire and beyond.

Ayr store Hourstons to close after 100 years with 81 job losses

As a ‘tiny’, I must have spent countless hours just wandering around this shop in the past, as we holidayed in Ayr every year, and it was a great place for a kid to explore.

Not sure if I’d have been left alone to wander as I did in those days – the way kids behave in shops nowadays I’d probably have been watched for a few minutes, then ejected before it was assumed I was filling my pockets with random goodies from the shelves.

It’s no great surprise.

A wander around Glasgow soon shows that most of the traditional department store type shops have gone.

The rest are probably, as we say, on a shaky nail.

Confirmed

Ayr store Hourstons confirms closure with 81 job losses

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Hourstons Ayr Image Google

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Jan 8, 2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Lost | , ,

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