Poundstretcher set to open in October

31st August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Discount store Poundstretcher is hoping to open in the former Haldanes supermarket in the centre of Wick at the start of October. Spokesman Martin Collinson confirmed yesterday the firm has picked up the lease of the 14,205 sq. ft. building in Macleay Lane from owners The Co-operative. Interviews for staff…

MSP hails Spend it Here initiative

24th August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Highland Labour MSP David Steward has given his support to the Spend it Here Caithness initiative. It follows a visit to Thurso last Saturday. “This is a great initiative and I am delighted to support it,” said Mr Stewart. “This will really encourage people to spend money in their own…

Wick’s return to “boom” hailed

24th August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Wick will be “like a boom town” in the next few years as $50 million is invested in educational and community facilities. That was said this week by former local councillor and new Caithness and Sutherland area committee leader Deirdre Mackay at Monday’s first meeting at Drummuie in Golspie. Delight…

Regatta could put wind in Wick harbour’s sails

17th August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Plans are at an early stage to introduce a new sailing event to Caithness following the success of Harbourfest in Wick. The town’s harbour authority confirmed it is proposing to stage an annual regatta at the port and hopes to make its debut next year. The idea was inspired with…

Harbour buildings work on schedule

8th August 2012 from Caithness Courier

Work taking place as part of a regeneration project to bring back to life a derelict area of Wick is due to be completed by the end of next month. A grant worth almost £370,000 was awarded to convert run-down buildings at Harbour Quay in Pulteneytown into potential new developments…

Town’s vibrancy impresses judges

3rd August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Great Britain’s Olympic athletes have not been the only ones going for gold this week - members of Wick flower and baskets committee have been too. Two judges were in the town to assess this year’s entry to the Beautiful Scotland competition - formerly known as Scotland in Bloom. Chairwoman…

Wick lifeboat crew’s royal appointment

1st August 2012 from Caithness Courier

Wick harbour’s plans for the future were given the royal nod of approval when the Duke of Rothesay visited the former herring capital of Europe on Monday. As well as hearing about the plans to transform the harbour into a renewables centre, HRH also spoke to members of the Wick…