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Inverness city centre trader looks forward to other shops reopening


By Ian Duncan

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Colin Craig at Oil and Vinegar is looking forward to the reopening of other shops, which should also give him a boost. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Colin Craig at Oil and Vinegar is looking forward to the reopening of other shops, which should also give him a boost. Picture: Gary Anthony.

MORE feet on the street will be welcome news to one city centre trader who actually never closed down.

As a food shop Oil and Vinegar in Union Street was classified as essential retail, allowing it to remain open during the lockdown.

However the fact of so many other shops being closed and the city centre being regarded as largely “off limits” nevertheless had an impact and staff had to be furloughed.

Owner Colin Craig said: “We are looking forward to having a reasonable footfall and a town centre where the shops are trading again.”

Colin Craig outside Oil and Vinegar, Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Colin Craig outside Oil and Vinegar, Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay.

In line with official guidance the shop has been fitted with a range of measures to safeguard customers, including social distancing markings, hand sanitisers and a perspex screen in front of the till.

“We have made preparations and are doing what we can to keep everyone safe,” Mr Craig said.

“Even for us, Monday will be like reopening.”


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