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Maybole’s Co-Op is finally history

Work getting ready to begin on demolishing the Co-Op.

Work getting ready to begin on demolishing the Co-Op.

The old Co-Op building in Maybole has finally been demolished after being deemed dangerous to the public.

The demolition work was carried out at the start of the month by Jamieson Plant hire who are based in the town.

The work meant that the A77 was shut from around 8pm on Friday 4th July until around 6pm on Sunday 6th July as the building was based on the Whitehall part of the trunk road.

The contractors and Maybole Community Council wanted to ensure that the tiles from the old butcher’s shop were saved.

JCB drivers Willie Saunders and Jim Eccles worked very carefully around the walls of the building to preserve the tiles and it is hoped that they will be kept at another location in the town.

Despite the building being an eyesore there was still sadness among the residents as the demolition marked the end of an era.

The old Carrick Provident Co-Operative society supermarket ceased trading on Saturday 28th October 1989.

At that time the Co-Op said it was looking at building a new store on the same site or elsewhere in the town.Now after 25 years the building has finally been demolished. The community council pressed South Ayrshire Council last year after asbestos was found in the building. The council then set aside a six figure sum for the demolition of the building after carrying out a tendering process.

 

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