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But its trading situation has been problematic with competition from supermarkets
hitting the small shop.
Many islanders take advantage of free bus travel to head to Stornoway for their shopping.
Large grocery stores offering home deliveries put a big dent in the small island
shop’s survival chances.
At a meeting last Thursday the small committee which struggled to keep the facility
open had to finally concede defeat.
Committee member Morag Macleod said the closure will be an “awful blow” for people
who still rely on the shop.
As well as supplying essential goods the store plays an important social role for
people to meet and catch up on local news.
Not enough of the island’s 320 residents supported the shop resulting in the decision
to cease trading.
The shop was previously operated as a mini-market by private operators which closed
it down in 2007.
A community development company purchased the building in 2011 and refurbished the
premises. The following year it reopened as Bùtha Scalpaigh.
The bistro which operates within the same building will continue to trade.
Scalpay shop is to close on Saturday due to financial difficulties.
The enterprise has run as a community co-operative for the past five years.
Scalpay Shop to close
6 Sept 2017