Sad day as The Vineyard closes shop

David Collister who worked in The Vineyard in Castletown, which closed on Saturday

David Collister who worked in The Vineyard in Castletown, which closed on Saturday

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The Vineyard in Castletown closed its doors last Saturday, October 19.

The specialist wine shop, which opened in the town 15 years ago, closed for various reasons, said co-owner Gareth Craig.

‘Trade was not great and we are busy with the new bar and business in Douglas. It’s difficult to split our time,’ he said.

Gareth and his brother Heath have taken over the business formerly known as The Mailbox (the restaurant closed last November), which is now known as Salt.

They also continue to run their other wine shop The Vineyard in Woodbourne Road, Douglas.

Staff from Castletown will relocate to Douglas.

The town’s commissioners’ chairman Kevin Weir said: ‘It will be missed in Castletown. It’s a specialist shop and it was lovely to go into, the staff were very knowledgeable about the wines. I wish them all the best of luck.

‘It is sad day for Castletown when a well established business like that closes its doors.

‘The staff are well liked and well known, they will be missed.’

• Meanwhile, the Costa coffee chain is evaluating its options in the area.

A Costa spokesman said: ‘As the UK’s favourite coffee shop and one of the success stories on the UK high street, we work closely with planning departments across the country to open new stores for the benefit of their local communities, creating new jobs and providing attractive and popular social meeting places.

‘We are currently evaluating opportunities in the area, but have no firm plans in place at this stage.’

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