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Highland bakery invests in Inverness properties


By Gregor White


The Ashers bus station cafe has been reopened after a refurbishment.
The Ashers bus station cafe has been reopened after a refurbishment.

RENEWED confidence in Inverness city centre is encouraging Nairn-based family baker Ashers to make further investments in its Highland capital presence.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Ashers trading in Inverness and the business has already carried out a complete refurbishment of its Inverness bus station café at Farraline Park.

After a 10-day closure for the refit, it was officially reopened by joint managing director Ali Asher, who provided customers with a first look at the improved layout, new decoration and new tables and seating.

Ashers will also launch an updated menu at the café, which employs five staff.

A renewed confidence in Inverness city centre lies behind the decision to invest in its properties Ashers managing director Alister Asher said.
A renewed confidence in Inverness city centre lies behind the decision to invest in its properties Ashers managing director Alister Asher said.

Ashers customers can also look forward to a brand new city centre shop and café after north-east brewery BrewDog negotiated a deal to take over Ashers’ long-established Church Street premises.

Managing director Alister Asher with retail manager Margaret Davidson.
Managing director Alister Asher with retail manager Margaret Davidson.

Subject to licensing, this will become the first BrewDog bar in Inverness in the early summer, while Ashers is planning a move around the corner to a new café and bakery in Union Street.

Mr Asher said: “There’s a renewed confidence and vibrancy in Inverness city centre which we’re investing into and have done since 1969.

“We look forward to welcoming many loyal and new customers to both these shops and wish BrewDog all the best.

“All staff will be retained, and we hope to create a couple of additional part-time positions.”



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