Permanent shop coming to Carradale

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Almost two years after opening a temporary shop in a portable cabin in the village hall car park, Carradale Community Trust (CCT) has announced it will soon open a permanent shop after purchasing Carradale Post Office.

The trust will be launching Carradale Community Shop and Post Office after a full refurbishment of the building is complete.

A CCT spokesperson said: ‘The Carradale community would like to thank everyone who has worked so very hard in making this happen.

‘We would not be celebrating without the generous support of funders, including: the Scottish Land Fund, MOWI, Fern Community Funds, Abbeyfield Trust, East Kintyre Wind Farm Trust, The National Lottery and the Robertson Trust.

‘Likewise, we are extremely grateful to the magnificent volunteer manager, staff and supporters of the temporary shop, who have kept the community fully supplied during this hugely trying time, and have been a reservoir of hope for the future.

‘Thanks also are owed to members of the CCT and East Kintyre Community Council, who have persevered in securing a permanent shop, drafting plans for a refurbishment, and delivering the first local development priority of East Kintyre.

‘Finally, all of us are enormously grateful to Kenny and Mary Semple, who stepped in when our initial plans fell through, generously offered the post office as a location for our shop, and will be joining us in the creation of the Carradale Community Shop and Post Office.’