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    O / T - Dumfries changes

    Sad to see that Thomsons the Cobblers has closed after many, many years making an old pal of mine Bobby Campbell redundant after working there for 44 years and also his colleague who had 41 years service. On the brighter side the Dougie (Douglas Arms) has opened again under new management after being closed for a while and the Urban Grill (Anaconda for our older viewers) is re - opening as a food outlet serving Pan - Asian cuisine and - wait for it - called the '' Chow Baby '' Another eaterie opening soon down on the Whitesands is a place specialising in North African / French grub.

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    That's a shame. Another local shop bites the dust. I remember getting schoolbags there when I was a kid. Loved the smell of the place.

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    It’s quite depressing walking through Dumfries town centre and seeing all the empty shops but there is several hidden gems if only people could get off their butts and stopped buying online. Shop local folks

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    Totally agree Aloreburn, - shop local should be everyone's mantra. What really irks me is that for the saving of sometimes very little in monetary value is then made worse by yet another white van clogging up our streets and adding to the carbon footprint, while at they same time helping to close down our High Street.

    To be fair, Dumfries is actually better than most towns of a similar size, but why big government can't close the gap in terms of prices on-line by adding various taxes I'll never know. They'll do it when it's too late of-course. An on-line tax should apply to all purchases on-line, and a further green tax should be added for items delivered to your door. As for next day delivery, there should be another hike there to make it prohibitively expensive.

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    I remember reading an article about a bicycle themed cafe/restaurant opening on the Whitesands, has that opened yet?

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    That's a shame about the Cobblers. Know Bobby well, as we were in the same class at the Academy. As far as I recall he went straight to Thomsons on leaving school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truthhurts View Post
    I remember reading an article about a bicycle themed cafe/restaurant opening on the Whitesands, has that opened yet?
    Yes mate has been open for quite a few weeks now

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    Handbag Heaven on the High Street is closing down. Sorry ALBERTZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloreburn View Post
    Handbag Heaven on the High Street is closing down. Sorry ALBERTZ
    What?

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    The Queen of the South pub in Nith Place is now called the Ace of Spades Rock Bar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ftivano1 View Post
    Sad to see that Thomsons the Cobblers has closed after many, many years making an old pal of mine Bobby Campbell redundant after working there for 44 years and also his colleague who had 41 years service. On the brighter side the Dougie (Douglas Arms) has opened again under new management after being closed for a while and the Urban Grill (Anaconda for our older viewers) is re - opening as a food outlet serving Pan - Asian cuisine and - wait for it - called the '' Chow Baby '' Another eaterie opening soon down on the Whitesands is a place specialising in North African / French grub.
    Is the Whitesands one located in the Royal Bank building? I heard it is now turned into a restaurant.
    On the reverse side of businesses/shops closing down, I was thinking of long established businesses that are still going from when I was a youth.(circa 1960's) A few that spring to mind are Baccis newsagents on Whitesands, the fishing tackle shop at the bottom of the Vennel (restricted opening now though), Mogerleys butchers, and the tobacconists at the bottom of Bank Street and there must be a few more in and around the Town Centre. Obviously there are a few pubs still on the go from back then but maybe not run by the same families. I doubt if many of the High Street businesses are under the same ownership as back then either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auld_Chippy View Post
    Is the Whitesands one located in the Royal Bank building? I heard it is now turned into a restaurant.
    On the reverse side of businesses/shops closing down, I was thinking of long established businesses that are still going from when I was a youth.(circa 1960's) A few that spring to mind are Baccis newsagents on Whitesands, the fishing tackle shop at the bottom of the Vennel (restricted opening now though), Mogerleys butchers, and the tobacconists at the bottom of Bank Street and there must be a few more in and around the Town Centre. Obviously there are a few pubs still on the go from back then but maybe not run by the same families. I doubt if many of the High Street businesses are under the same ownership as back then either.
    Is the fishing tackle shop the one that used to be called The Radio Doctor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auld_Chippy View Post
    Is the Whitesands one located in the Royal Bank building? I heard it is now turned into a restaurant.
    On the reverse side of businesses/shops closing down, I was thinking of long established businesses that are still going from when I was a youth.(circa 1960's) A few that spring to mind are Baccis newsagents on Whitesands, the fishing tackle shop at the bottom of the Vennel (restricted opening now though), Mogerleys butchers, and the tobacconists at the bottom of Bank Street and there must be a few more in and around the Town Centre. Obviously there are a few pubs still on the go from back then but maybe not run by the same families. I doubt if many of the High Street businesses are under the same ownership as back then either.
    The former Royal Bank building is now a bar call The Bank which serves tapas upstairs. A lot of money has been spent on it and it’s worth a visit.

    How long has Burtons on the High Street been there ? Must of been at the same location for years.

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    The Radio Doctor is now the Spice of India cafe on the other side of the road from the fishing shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunez View Post
    The former Royal Bank building is now a bar call The Bank which serves tapas upstairs. A lot of money has been spent on it and itís worth a visit.

    How long has Burtons on the High Street been there ? Must of been at the same location for years.
    Burtons was built in 1934 and Baccis in Whitesands and Don Irvine's in Bank Street are both up for lease / sale I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunez View Post
    The Queen of the South pub in Nith Place is now called the Ace of Spades Rock Bar

    Bit of a mouthful for a pub name

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    Another new pub for Dumfries


    Pub firm snaps up old Dumfries superstore site

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...tland-49824732

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    What happened to the plans last year that the rest of this huge building formerly the Imperial Restaurant was to be turned
    into student accommodation ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunez View Post
    The Queen of the South pub in Nith Place is now called the Ace of Spades Rock Bar
    That didn't last long. Closed already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagapapa View Post
    That didn't last long. Closed already!
    Seriously? It’s not long changed hands

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