AN Ayr jewellers which opened 120 years ago is set to expand. 

The current owner, David Logan, has told planners that he is looking to update the historic outlet, both from a security and aesthetic point of view. 

Mr Logan has worked at the shop – previously called P.G. Paterson – for 56 years, during which time it has become a fixture in the town’s business community.

In the application to South Ayrshire Council, agents working on behalf of

Mr Logan said: “The shop is a popular fixture in Ayr and has served a large customer base over many years. 

“There are many aspects of the shop which have also remained unchanged for many years, however, the applicant has now been forced to carry out some upgrading works to the premises in order to satisfy his insurers. 

“With this in mind, the applicant has also decided to make some additional changes to the structure and aesthetics of the shop in order to bring it up to date with the modern retail standard and provide a more pleasant experience for his customers with a wider range of goods etc.” 

The proposals include alterations to the shopfront, more in keeping with the neighbouring shops while retaining the black colouring, the deep signage over the glazing and the cylindrical pole to the corner of the shopfront glazing. 

Extension work is planned as a result of an area at the rear of the store ‘infested’ with seagulls.

The applications states the intention to extend the shop floor by building over this area, ‘eliminating the problem, to create a more attractive internal retail experience’. 

The application has been lodged with South Ayrshire Council planners and will be considered in due course.