SHOPPERS in Cumnock are being spoiled for choice as the new town centre takes shape.

A much changed retail landscape means there is an ever-improving and increasing range of shops and outlets.

Helping spread the word is a booklet called Shop Local, produced by East Ayrshire Council’s economic development team, which features 200 local firms and services.

Fiona Nicolson, town centre manager, said: “Shop Local features every type of shop and service, from fashion to funeral directors, gifts to groceries, hair and beauty to home and hardware products.

It also includes listings for everything from dentists to training agencies, legal firms and driving instructors “The strength of trade in Cumnock lies in its abundance of independent shops.

“With great loyalty to the local area, knowledge of their customers and their needs, shopkeepers are constantly striving to provide personal service.

“A sign of their confidence and willingness to work together to build on improvements is the strength of the Cumnock Business Association which features businesses from many non retail sectors.

“This brochure encourages people to take a second look at all that the town has to offer.”

Work is soon starting on the final phase of Cumnock’s transformation, with a brand new Farmfoods shop, an additional 6000sq ft flexible unit with additional car parking.

Upgrading of the footbridge link to Rothesay House will also improve the overall look and feel of the town centre.

With beautiful historic buildings dating back hundreds of years already defining the character and heritage of the town, many were made even more eye-catching by being restored.

Redevelopment kicked off with the creation of Rothesay House, a one stop shop for all local council services.

It continued with extensive renovation and modernisation of the Town Hall, the closure and demolition of the outdated Glaisnock Shopping Centre and the creation of an exciting new seven unit retail development at Townhead Street Some of the retailers from Glaisnock shopping centre opted to relocate to these stunning new premises, while the remaining units attracted new businesses to the town leading to the creation of several new jobs.

Ms Nicolson added: “In the last few years Cumnock has undergone massive change for the better.

“It’s not been an easy time for business owners, but now that the first phase of new retail units is open and many of the buildings are renovated, there’s a new confidence growing in the town.

“People are realising the benefits of spending in Cumnock, helping support local business, keeping the money in the local economy and ultimately giving people job opportunities.”

Copies of Shop Local are available at Rothesay House.