Former store set to get new lease of life

19th March 2014 from Caithness Courier

A new business is about to open in Wick in premises previously occupied by Graham Begg.

The Kitchen Place is being set up in Whitechapel Road by local man Bryan Coghill and is expected to be trading by May. It will focus primarily on kitchens and bathrooms.

“I feel there is a niche in the market for such products and hope to fill it. The shop is in a good location and I am hoping it will be successful,” said Mr Coghill, who intends to stock beds in the premises as well.

The new business is expected to create one full or two part-time jobs and offer a fitting service. The building has been leased from Mr Begg.

“It can only be good for Wick to have a shop which was empty open for business again. I think people will travel to see kitchens and bathrooms so it should take people into the town,” said Mr Coghill, who is a joiner to trade but has spent more than six years working offshore as a health and safety adviser.

Mr Begg closed his long-established businesses in Wick and Thurso at the end of 2012.

He decided to sell or lease his shops in Whitechapel Road in Wick and Rotterdam Street in Thurso along with a store workshops at Wick Airport Industrial Estate. He wanted to cut back on his commercial interests after 43 years in business but retained his shops in Brora and Inverness.

Meanwhile, another Wick retailer is about to move to bigger premises.

Divas and Dudes, which is based at Kirk Lane, will be relocating to High Street.

The business, which is run by Alana Alexander, is to move to the new premises at the beginning of May.

She will be taking over the shop previously occupied by George Mackay the butcher. The building is owned by local businessman John Sutherland.

“The move will give us a bigger base and allow us to expand our range to include children’s footwear along with the clothing. We also plan to launch a website and will stock some Caithness slate products,” she said.

Alana is hoping the relocation will lead to an additional part-time member of staff being recruited. At present, she employs three part-time people.

Divas and Dudes has been in its present location for three years.

Caithness Courier