The new team who will be taking over Cumnock's Knit One Kids Too store say they are buzzing, but they have big shoes to fill.

Isabel Robertson is set to retire from the store after a mammoth 39 years at the helm.

Taking over in her place will be Alan Blackwood and partner Lynsey Clyde.

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Lynsey has been working alongside Isabel for a few days to get used to the surroundings before the handover officially takes place.

Locals will be glad to know that the store will be remaining as a kids and baby clothes shop.

Alan, originally a farmer from Muirkirk and Lynsey, from Peebles are hoping to get the store officially up and running under their watch this weekend.

"It's taken a while for the whole process to go through," Alan said.

"It was around about this time last year that we initially became interested in the shop.

"Funnily enough, me and Jim Robertson get our hair cut at the same place, so it was almost like our hairdresser brokered the deal to start with.

"Lynsey is really looking forward to it and being the face of the new store.

"She's got a thousand ideas for it, but initially it will just keep going as it was, because it's a good business model and there's a strong clientele there already".

Alan and Lynsey will officially get the keys to the store this Friday, with their first official opening day being Saturday (January 28).

Amazingly, Monday, January 30 will be exactly 39 years since the store initially started trading under Isabel's stewardship.

The work Isabel has put in over the years is also something Alan is keen to build on.

He added: "People know Isabel around Cumnock and they know that she's the face you see when you go in the store.

"We hope we can take over in that sense and people feel comfortable again when the store switches hands.

"That's why we want to keep as much of it the same as we possibly can, while putting our own wee stamp on a few things."

Opening times for the new store will remain as they currently are, which is currently 9am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9am-12.30pm Wednesday and 9am-3pm Saturday.

The shop is due to close on Tuesday, with work being done to complete the takeover on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.