A FASHION store and a bakery outlet are the latest two shops in Inverness city centre to close their doors.
Ashers Bakery has closed its Lombard Street site, while River Island has closed in the Eastgate Shopping Centre after its lease came to end. Ashers, whose headquarters are in Nairn, still retains a shop in Church Street and cafe in the city’s bus station in Farraline Park.
Sales director Alister Asher said two jobs had been lost following the closure of the shop, which had been trading for about 10 years.
“It never reached the potential we had hoped for following the city centre regeneration a few years ago,” he said.
“Given the city centre footfall is a bit lower than it is used to be, that shop was just not performing. We also have two other shops in the centre so there was slight over provision.”
He said the other two units were doing well and he believed the building – which still has four years left on the lease – would soon be re-occupied.
“There has already been some interest,” he said.
Jackie Cuddy, Eastgate Shopping Centre manager, said River Island had needed a bigger unit which the centre had been unable to provide and when its lease came to an end, it decided to close.
The fashion company has another store at Inverness shopping Park on the city’s eastern outskirts. She added several operators were already looking at the empty unit.