Retail facility at Glenmore Visitor Centre to close

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17 MAY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15945

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Forestry Commission Scotland is to close the gift shop at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre so that staff can refocus on helping visitors to get the best out of their time in the area.

The shop will close at the end of the 2013 season but the café, information centre and toilet facilities will not be affected.

Jack Mackay, for the Commission’s team in Inverness, Ross & Skye, said:

“There are plenty of local attractions, recreational opportunities and good reasons to come and visit Glenmore Forest Park - and Loch Morlich - and we want to help make visitors aware of the full range of possibilities.

“As well as welcoming visitors to the area, we’re aiming to help them enjoy Glenmore Forest Park and the wider Cairngorms National Park area so that they get the most out of their time here – and rave about it to their friends when they get back home.

“The shop originally only stocked things like maps and guide books but over the years it began to stock more and more gift items – and that’s not really our strength. There are plenty of other retail outlets nearby where visitors can buy souvenirs so we’ve decided to scale right down and get back to our original focus.”

In recent years the shop has been cash neutral – bringing in enough money to meet its running costs.

As well as re-organising the space to get the best use out of it, the Commission will work with the team at the Cairngorms National Park Authority to widen the scope of information available to visitors.

The Visitor Centre information point will continue to sell a small number of items that will be appropriate to visitors needs such as maps and guide books.

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