Business branding is unfair - owner

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An Arbroath bakery has re-opened after the owner closed the business last week due to the stress of obtaining a late licence.

Last Thursday, Pie Bobs on Grant Road was granted permission to open until 5 a.m. but only for six months as concerns were raised about disorder outside the shop.

But despite having his licence renewed, owner Neil Elford says it is unfair his businesses is being branded as a place where revellers congregate.

He explained: “To say our customers at night are revellers is unfair because most of our business late at night comes from people like shift workers, taxi drivers and van drivers.

“About a third of our business is at night and as we bake 24 hours a day, people see the lights on and see that we are open.

“I would have to close the business if we had to lose a third of our trade as we wouldn’t survive.

“I’ve run the business for 13 years and Pie Bobs has been in the town since 1925.

“I employ 20 people and we buy 80 per cent of our products from local businesses.

“We also support a lot of charities in the town.

“We aren’t selling drink, we are only serving pies.”

A spokesperson from Angus Council said: “The civic licence committee considered the application on November 14.

“There are various conditions attached to a licence, depending on the type of licence applied for.

“These will be shown on their licence.”