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Garmouth Hotel closing due to lockdown loss of trade

By Alistair Whitfield

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The pandemic and ensuing lockdown have seen the closure of another well-known business in Moray – the Garmouth Hotel.

Copyright: Alan Murray-Rust
Copyright: Alan Murray-Rust

The hotel has been catering for visitors to the village for at least the last 150 years.

However its owners, Grant and Jody Spence, have decided to close due to the ongoing difficulties.

The couple said: "The Covid-19 Pandemic came at a time when we would normally start to financially recover from the quiet winter period.

"And with a busy hotel, bar and restaurant we would have been able to get back on our feet ready for the start of the summer season.

"As this didn't happen, we have been left in a very challenging situation.

"With loss of revenue, uncertainty over how we are meant to reopen due to restrictions and tightened legislation and uncertainty over what the future holds it has been an extremely difficult time.

"Looking to the future, after many discussions it has become clear that the hotel is sadly no longer a viable business and it would be extremely difficult to bounce back after this current crisis.

"It is therefore with great sadness that we have to announce that The Garmouth Hotel will not reopen after the easing of lockdown.

"We would like to thank each and every one of you who supported us during our time at the hotel.

"We are all facing challenges at this time and we hope that you can understand our reasons for this difficult decision."

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