Leyburn business reopens six months after floods

Alec Rycroft, owner of The Walking Shop.

A Leyburn business will reopen this weekend six months after it was washed out in the flash floods which hit the district in July last year.

The Walking Shop will open on Saturday for the first time since the floods on July 30.

Water flowed into the shop through the back door and was over a foot deep.

Owner Alec Rycroft managed to save much of the stock by lifting it up, but the fixtures and fittings were ruined.

The store has needed a new floor, and has has to be completely refitted.

Alec said he had hoped to be back open within a couple of months, but the work had taken much longer than expected.

“It’s been a long slog but we’re finally there.

“What’s been great has been the support of all the locals who have been popping their heads to see how we’ve been getting along.”

The store will reopen on Saturday morning.

Much of the stock are the items which Alec saved from the flooding, meaning there are some heavily discounted items.

“We need to get rid of this stock to make way for the summer stock so it’s a good chance for our local customers to pick up a bargain,” he added.

Unfortunately we were affected in the recent floods. We will do all we can to get up and running as soon as possible but it looks as if we will be closed for some time as the flooring will need to be completely removed before the building can start to dry. Luckily we have a dry house to go home to and our thoughts are with those who do not.

Posted by The Walking Shop on Thursday, 1 August 2019