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Store Planning Request for Cairnryan

CAIRNRYAN could get a store and post office if planners give the go ahead.

The village has no store after the last one closed about two years ago. But now Peter Barratt (38), Homestead, Cairnryan, wants to convert his house garage and open a shop on the south of the village, and has applied for planning permission.

He currently works at West Freugh but said he was considering opening a licensed shop in Cairnryan to meet demand from villagers sick of having to drive out to Stranraer for essentials. He also hopes that he will benefit from the expanded ferry terminal with extra customers, as there will be workmen staying in the village during its construction, and more people using the terminal itself.

As well as applying for planning permission he has been in talks with Spar and Key Stores about running a franchise. He said:

"I want to work for myself and Cairnryan needs a shop.

"I already run a bed and breakfast with my wife so I know the demands of a business.

"There is no shop at the moment and people I've spoken to in Cairnryan are always telling me we need a shop, as when you run out of things like milk, bread or cigarettes you have to go all the way to Stranraer."

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