A travel agent is poised to reopen in Moray today just weeks after it was feared it would be shut for good.
The Thomas Cook branch in Elgin was one of hundreds that were shut across the country last month when the firm collapsed amid financial difficulties.
However, hopes were raised when holiday firm Hays Travel stepped in with plans to take on the branches and re-hire the previous staff.
Now it has been announced that the company will reopen in Elgin’s former Thomas Cook store today.
A sign put up by staff in the shop window explained they were “heartbroken” they were not able to say goodbye to customers they have helped with holiday plans.
A social media post from the employees explained they were “super excited” to be embarking on the new venture.
It added: “It broke our hearts we weren’t able to say goodbye to our many local customers from Thomas Cook.
“We want to continue to help and support you all with your future holiday plans.”
Elgin’s business improvement district described the development that the High Street shop unit would remain in use as “exciting news”.
Hays Travel has committed to trying to save all 555 former Thomas Cook stores across the UK and has embarked on a process of contacting landlords and staff about the proposals.