One of Stornoway’s oldest shops will close for good this weekend after efforts to sell the business as a going concern failed to bring any buyers.
For two years the owners of Murdo MacLean and Sons Ltd on Cromwell Street have been hoping someone will purchase the 100 year old business, once the town’s busiest department store, but now time has run out.
The three floor shop, now offered for sale for £400,000, will shut for the final time on Saturday (September 9th) at 5pm and all remaining homeware and haberdashery items, along with items of shop furniture, will be offered at half price.
For owner John MacLean it’s the end of an era spanning over a century of family ownership starting with his great-grandfather Murdo MacLean. The shop has staff members who have worked there for over three decades.
“Its not the way I would have liked it to finish up. My dream was that someone would take it over but it has not worked out like that,” said John, who started working in the shop as a 9 year old for 10 shillings a week pocket-money. “Only a miracle” could save it now, he added.
Murdo MacLean’s, which started as a general store and fish merchants, grew over the century to fill three floors accessed from both Cromwell Street and Kenneth Street, has been operating on a reduced basis early 2017.
The shop will be open between 9am and 5pm this week, including lunchtimes.