Galloway Granite closes down

Galloway Granite Works, based at Sorbie, has closed down due to declining business with the loss of 10 jobs.

But managing director John Mackenzie told The Galloway Gazette he hopes to save the core business, albeit on a reduced basis.

Mr Mackenzie said: “We have closed down. We have been struggling for a while now and business has not picked up.

“It’s early days so I can’t say too much. But I‘m hoping to do something on a smaller scale. A move somewhere else is also a possibility. There is a meeting on Monday about this and we will know more then.”

Galloway Granite was established in 1928 by the Mackenzie family as stonemason firm supplying headstones. Over the years the family-owned business has diversified to supply granite for the construction of bridges, kitchen worktops and monumental sculptures for developments such as Adamson Square, Creetown, and on the 7stanes mountain biking trail in the Galloway Forest Park. Originally based in Newton Stewart, the firm moved to the old creamery at Sorbie in the 1990s after the site in Newton Stewart was sold for retail development.