Toon shop closes after '¨19 years

A popular Peterhead shop has closed its doors for the final time after 19 years in the town centre.

Tuesday, 4th April 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:53 pm
Pauline Findlay with her dad Bill Bruce outside the Queen Street shop.

M&B’s on Queen Street opened for the last time on Saturday, April 1.

The shop has been based on Queen Street for 19 years but it first started out as part of an indoor market for around four years.

Business owners Bill and Margaret Bruce have retired and due to family commitments, they decided to close the shop.

Bill, originally from St Fergus, worked as a driving instructor but quit after having a heart attack due to stress.

He then decided to start up his own shop with his wife Margaret.

Margaret had a very hands-on role in the shop but sadly she had to stop nine years ago as she wasn’t able to cope with the day-to-day work, however the couple’s daughter Pauline stepped in to work full-time after packing up her job.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Pauline said: “I always said that when my son had a baby I would go part-time to help him, and I am now in that position.

“Mum and Dad always offered the shop to me but I sat down and weighed it up and I decided not to take it on as I just wouldn’t have time.

“If there was anyway round it I would have carried on but the timing just wasn’t right.”

Pauline said that the family have been “overwhelmed” with messages, cards and gifts from customers.

She explained: “We are sad to close because the customers have been a great support.

“Even just people coming in to the shop to say they will miss you, it means a lot.

“I think my Dad will miss the company, a lot of older customers have said that they feel at home here as we gave them a personal service.”

Margaret and Bill said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support, also farewell cards and gifts.

“Many thanks to Fiona for extra hours she’s put in and last, but not least a huge thank you to our daughter Pauline, Raymond and Graham we would never have managed without them.”