Mintlaw business celebrates new shop building

A popular Mintlaw business has celebrated the opening of its new shop building.

Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 9:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 9:32 am
Mechanics George and Stuart with Edward at the new building.

Buchan Saw and Tool Service at The Bridge opened the doors to the new store earlier this month.

The business was originally started by saw doctor George Joss as Buchan Saw Service back in 1978, and he went along to the opening event to cut the strimmer cord to declare the new building open.

Richard, 'Mick' and Edward Tucker have owned the family business since 2016 after taking over from previous owners Stewart and Esther Oliver.

Mick explained: "Our son did work experience with Stewart when he was in S4 and then started a summer job there after finishing his exams.

"Stewart wanted to retire so we decided to take over the shop, it was perfect timing.

"Our son is a mechanic and maintains the workshop while we look after the shop."

The new building replaces the former shop which was built in the early 1950s, as part of the Andy Burnett Fraser Poultry Dealers complex, using material from the dismantled POW camp at Stuartfield, and was originally where the incubators were kept.

Mick said: "We hoped to open around Easter but there was a delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic and we didn't get the completion certificate until the outdoor ramp was levelled off three weeks ago.

"We have had positive comments from customers about the new shop. The old building was small, cramped, dark and cold; everyone called it an Aladdin's Cave as there was so much stuffed inside but the new shop is light and airy."

Commenting on the opening of the new shop Mick said: "We were very nervous as the old shop was very cosy. It had a sort of quaintness to it and it was old fashioned and quirky.

"We didn't want the new shop to look new and pristine but show that it was still us and customers could still expect the same service.

"We have made a lot of the cabinets here and have tried to make it friendly and homely."

The new shop features a permanent stall selling a number of Fairtrade items including food, drinks and handicrafts

Mick explained: "In the old shop every month we had a Fairtrade sale on Saturdays but now we are happy to stock these items permanently. Fairtrade is still a minority thing in the area and I hope that by having these items in the shop people can use them and ask for other things in the future."

While the shop is open to customers as normal, orders can also be taken over the phone for contactless collection.