Aberuthven residents had their fears confirmed yesterday as the Village Shop disappeared from its position by the Village Hall.
The Village Shop (opened in April 2017) was the first shop in the town for decades, the last having been attached to the petrol station which is now a housing development.
With fresh baked goods, dairy and store cupboard staples it was a benefit to the majority of the residents in the village. Offering a local delivery service, residents were able to call the shop with their requirements and have them delivered to their door. The Village Shop also provided sandwiches and hot food on a takeaway basis and for local delivery just like Uber Eats.
Winners of Best New Business Awards at the 2018 Perth Business Awards and finalists in the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards, the Village Shop was also making its mark in the local business world.
There was also the outside catering for local events and the delivery of food parcels to those most in need.
Sadly, at the end of last year the shop had to close its doors as it was unable to comply with requirements of the land where the shop was situated.
This caused friction in the community and although many were hoping that this could be resolved and the shop reopened, yesterday was the final blow for these hopes.
With Perth and Kinross Council proposing to make substantial cuts to rural services in the next budget, it is sad to see a community asset such as the Village Shop unable to continue.