High Street shop changes hands

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After 21 years ‘in the chair’ Mr Allan Cunningham and his wife, Mary, are retiring and have sold their High Street furniture business, McIvers.

Mr Cunningham, a native of Dublin, was previously operations manager of the group which named the store McIvers, but when it appeared in 1993 that the shop would close, he stepped in.

He told the Review: “It was a good business that I knew could be built up. In addition, there were two long-serving members of staff who deserved loyalty, Alex Pirie and Esme Constable.”

They agreed unhesitatingly. Both have now retired after many years’ service to McIvers.

During the years of Mr Cunningham’s stewardship the business has grown, with many loyal customers and clientèle not only local but for miles around, such as Arbroath, Aberdeen, and points in between.

Mr Cunningham has lived in Scotland for 42 years, and there are no plans to move elsewhere. Or as Mrs Cunningham put it: “Where else are there hills like we have in Angus?”

In their retirement, the couple will spend time hillwalking, travelling, gardening, golfing and visiting their three children and their grandchildren.

Mr Cunningham added cheerfully: “We will not be idle!”

The new owner of the business is Gary Miller, Carnoustie, who already owns a furniture business in Carnoustie, The Floor Studio, 25-27 Dundee Street. Mr Cunningham said he was pleased the business would still be owned locally.

Mr Miller will keep on the four members of staff ‘on the floor’, but one part-time office job will no longer be required.

McIvers was founded in 1960 when it was Barry’s. It then became part of the United Drapery Stores Group and was branded McIvers to match the group’s stores in Inverness, Oban and Fort William.

The showrooms cover three floors.