Retiral marks the end of an era

Match Box, owners retiring, Stuart & Gail Abernethy with daughter Susie outside the shop in Bearsden.
Match Box, owners retiring, Stuart & Gail Abernethy with daughter Susie outside the shop in Bearsden.

The owners of a well-loved

ladies clothes shop in Bearsden have closed the doors for the last time after 29 years of trading in the town.

Match Box, on Drymen Road, which was run by husband, wife and daughter team - Stuart, Gail and Susie Abernethy - has been a major fixture in Bearsden’s business community for many years.

Owner Stuart handed over the reins to Gail and Susie when he took semi-retirement in recent years and he and Gail have now decided to retire fully from the business.

Stuart started his career as a hairdressing manager for the Baxter Sturrock group in 1964, aged 21.

This was situated in the same premises as Match Box was later established - 136 Drymen Road.

As the longest serving trader in Bearsden, Stuart has worked in the area for 50 years and has seen many changes in commerce at Bearsden Cross over the years.

He said: “Many people have expressed their sorrow to learn of the shop’s closure, and say they have loved the unique selection of beautiful merchandise on offer over the years.

“While we were looking forward to retiring, it was also tinged with some sadness in the final days.

“As a family we have thoroughly enjoyed our time as retailers at ‘the cross‘, but we are looking forward to some leisure time in the future.”

He added: “We’d like to thank everyone who has been in our wonderful sales team for their years of service - they have been a vital part of the success of Match Box.

“We’ve also had wonderful support from a large number of very loyal customers and we’ve had much fun and pleasure in our dealings with them.

“We thank everyone we have met over the years.”

Stuart and Gail have four grandchildren so they are looking forward to spending more time with them during their retirement.

Stuart also plans to pursue his hobbies - skiing, golf and fishing, while Gail and Susie will be able to ride their horses more often.

They are kept on the farm at Craimaddie which is home to Susie and her two young boys.

A planning application has been submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council for an Italian restaurant and associated takeaway called ‘La Favorita Restaurant’ to replace Match Box.