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Arran’s only dry cleaning laundry will shut its doors at the end of this month after providing laundry and dry cleaning services to hotels, restaurants, holidaymakers, and island residents for more than 18 years.
Owner, Chrissy Duncan, will close her shop at the Old Haybarn in Lamlash on Monday February 28.
The difficult decision to close the long-established, and well supported, business is due to spiralling electricity costs, rising business rates, staffing difficulties, and ill health.
Chrissy’s Laundry started operating out of Chrissy’s shed in her back garden in Lamlash, and over the years, thanks to widespread support, it blossomed into a large concern that expanded into larger premises on Auchrannie Road.
The business continued to flourish for many more years, but after a devastating fire in 2004, Chrissy’s Laundry temporarily moved back to her sheds again, before moving to the Old Haybarn in Lamlash where it continued to serve a loyal clientele from all round the island.
Having faced floods, fire and everything in-between, Chrissy is no stranger to tackling obstacles, however, this latest series of circumstances has prompted her to call it a day.
Chrissy told the Banner: ‘I am sad to be closing after all of these years but at the end of February we will be closing our doors for the last time.
‘I could not have done it all without the help of my son, Mark Johnson, who has been an integral part of the business. I am extremely thankful for his hard work and loyalty over the years.
‘Thank you to all customers, old and new, for your loyalty and support for my small island business over many years, and in some instances over a decade.
‘Operating Chrissy’s Laundry has had its ups and downs but it has always been a pleasure assisting people. I will miss seeing everybody.’
The news of the closure came rather unexpectedly for some, and in response to a short goodbye message on Chrissy’s Laundry social media pages, customers and business owners wished Chrissy a happy retirement and a well-earned rest after providing a vital service on Arran for nearly two decades.