A popular North-east food shop has decided to close its doors after 17 years of business.
Foveran’s The Store has announced that it will be closing “with immediate effect”.
In a Facebook post, The Store’s owners Andrew and Debbie Booth explained the business “has been unable to successfully navigate recent challenging trading conditions”.
They said: “We now plan to re-focus on our core business activities including our farming and renewable energy enterprises.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, suppliers and staff past and present for making The Store and helping enforce the message that shopping local is the best way to live.”
The store has been a fixture in Foveran since it first opened its doors in 2000.
With a focus on fresh vegetables and a range of meat, the shop has also supplied a number of retailers with products.
The announcement means The Store is the latest local food business to fall victim to the economic downturn.
Last month Mitchells The Dairy Shop and Tearoom in Inverurie closed its doors after almost 90 years in business.
Foveran resident and SNP councillor for Ellon & District Richard Thomson expressed his disappointment at The Store’s announcement.
He said: “This is really sad news. The Store has a well-deserved local and national reputation for high quality produce and service. It will certainly be missed.
“I wish the Booth family well with their many other local business interests.
“Although Foveran is set to grow rapidly in the months ahead, it is now a village without a shop of its own.
“With the impending completion of the AWPR and local link roads and the anticipated growth in population from new housing, perhaps the opportunity to cater to a slightly different market might prove to be an attractive option in the future.”