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Mystery over Inverness city centre shop closure

By Neil MacPhail

McColl's in Queensgate.
McColl's in Queensgate.

An Inverness city centre convenience store was like the ghost ship Mary Celeste this week after it suddenly closed to the public.

The Highland News learned that RS McColl’s in Queensgate was due to close this Saturday, but it suddenly closed to the public on Tuesday.

A considerable amount of stock was still inside, including alcohol, and the revolving advert screen on the counter was spookily still working.

A member of staff earlier said they were not allowed to comment although he confirmed he was out of a job.

An Allied Surveyors’ sign outside says that the premises is for let.

McColl’s in Queensgate, is usually pretty busy being situated beside the Queensgate bus stops, and because it sells lottery, papers and snacks.

It also is an agent for receiving packages from people who have ordered goods online, but it is understood that this part of the business is transferring to their sister shop in Culcabock.

McColls’ head office referred calls to its media people, who were checking if they could give a statement as we went to press.

A worker at a neighbouring office said: “It always seemed to be busy then we heard it closed this week. We always got our papers there.”

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