Trader pleads for help as shop axed

By Jamie Buchan

Published: 24/01/2014

A LEADING retailer called last night for extra support for struggling town centres as he prepared to close the doors on a business that has been trading for more than half a century.

Donald Begg said soaring rates and rent bills and the drain of customers to out-of-town shopping complexes had sounded the death knell for the store in Marischal Street, Peterhead.

The director of family-run Begg Shoes and Bags criticised planning decisions made by councillors – which he said had also been a factor in the closure of the firm’s branch in Fraserburgh last year.

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