Popular newsagent bows out with poignant window display

A popular newsagent in Forres town centre will close for business on 2 April.

The Washington at 85-87 High Street, which has been for sale as a going concern, has left a poignant ‘thank you’ display of greetings cards surrounding a notice that says:

“Due to personal circumstances, It is with great sadness that The Washington will close for business from Sunday 2 April.

“Thank you for your loyal custom over the years – Alan and Janet, and all at The Washington.”

The newsagent has been a mainstay on the high street for decades, and the current owners, Alan and Janet Grant, are only the second in its history.

See the last window display here…

From archived newspaper cuttings, we understand it was opened in the 1920s by Costante and Adele Zanre. That makes it nearly, or more than, 100 years old. It was originally called the Washington Soda Fountain.

An earlier photo of the Washington

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3 thoughts on “Popular newsagent bows out with poignant window display”

  1. This news is so sad! My children, all over 40 now, we’re brought to the Washington every Saturday to spend their pocket money. They didn’t like going to the toy shop over the road because the ‘man’ in the Washington was so nice to them! A sad day for Forres. All the best to the current owners.

  2. Alan, Janet & staff will be missed! (bit of understatetement! 🙁 )
    I have enjoyed many years of great service, deep and meaningful conversations, and many, many laughs.
    Best wishes to one and all. xx


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