It’s going to be an interesting few months for the town’s businesses with a number of shops set to open and close in the Royal Burgh.

What that does mean of course is lots of changes to our Business Directory – the essential, free-to-use guide to local shops in Lanark.

Brooks are expanding their menswear range with a new outlet in New Lanark which is set to open this Saturday. I caught up with Alastair Brooks to find out more about the move and even get a little sneak peak behind the scenes.

While it’s good to see one local business do well, it’s sad to lose another. Benedetto Furniture isn’t closing completely– they’re moving to Almondvale Retail Park in Livingston – but it’ll be a shame not to see the stylish shop light up the High Street in the coming weeks.

I met with Richard Lyons, the store owner, to find out more about the ambitious move. Best of luck, Richard!

During a quick trip to the Wellgate earlier this week I couldn’t help but notice the number of shops closed, or closing, in the area. Hopefully they don’t stay empty for long but it does make you wonder if more can be done to help those based in that part of the town.

Our sports man Millar Stoddart is away sunning himself in Tenerife (lucky him!) but we’re still on the ball with all things Lanark United and we’ll keep you right up-to-date with any updates from Moor Park as and when they happen.

As ever if there’s anything you would like to see on the Lanark Life website just get in touch using the e-mail address below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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