Opening time at new Banchory retailer

A queue builds up ahead of Wilkies opening in Banchory
A queue builds up ahead of Wilkies opening in Banchory

Banchory’s newest store has opened its doors.

Fashion and footwear retailer Wilkies began trading last Friday in the former SSE premises in High Street.

A lengthy queue formed outside the store in anticipation of the grand opening.

The ribbon-cutting was performed by managing director Karen Forret and her three-year-old daughter.

Karen said: “We are delighted to officially be a Banchory resident after opening our doors to customers.

“Our Banchory team look forward to meeting many more new customers in store.

“We would like to add a special thank you to the local businesses of Banchory who have also been very welcoming. We are excited to be a part of this great community.”

The new trader is a welcome boost for the town centre which has seen a number of businesses close down in recent years.

Six jobs will be created by the opening of the shop.

Wilkies - one of Scotland’s oldest family-run department stores - is expanding and this is the company’s 15th outlet.

It is the second in Deeside - the firm already operates one in Ballater - and stocks leading brand names in ladies’ fashion and footwear.