Stonehaven arcade closes

23/03/2011

The Mearns Leader reports the end of an era for Stonehaven promenade this week, as it was announced the town’s Amusement Arcade is to close.

Owners Doug and Dennis Stewart have sold the arcade, which has been a feature on the beachfront promenade for decades, to Neil Graham, a local businessman who owns the neighbouring Molly Gunning’s cafe.

Although the business will continue to run as an arcade for the immediate future Mr Graham has said that it is no longer a viable business enterprise and that he is looking at alternative ways to develop the site, in tandem with the local community.

Mr Graham has appealed to the community to get in touch with the Mearns Leader with suggestions about how the arcade should be developed and said one option on the table at the moment is opening a family-friendly diner which he believes would complement the other businesses currently doted along the promenade.

Mr Graham said: “Unfortunately it seems that the arcade is finished, it is just not a viable option any more. It has been in Stonehaven for a long, long time.

“We are open to suggestions as to what the community needs, what the town needs – it is important to me that I have got the community on side with this because at the end of the day it is the community which has helped my business so far.

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