ONE of Bute’s longest-established businesses faces the threat of closure - apparently due to a long-running legal dispute between the two partners.
Graham Robertson and his brother Ian are the two partners in the firm of A. Robertson & Son, founded in 1883 by the brothers’ great-grandfather, Angus Robertson.
Graham visited The Buteman’s office on Tuesday afternoon to announce the start of a closing down sale at the company’s premises in Rothesay’s Argyle Street.
Mr Robertson also handed us a statement, which he said he planned to post on Facebook on Tuesday evening, in which he said: “For several years the partnership of A. Robertson and Son has been in a state of dispute which I have tried my best to resolve, to no avail.
“The legal position of the firm is now untenable, especially in the current economic climate. Therefore I have taken the decision to dissolve A. Robertson and Son.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and has not been made with regard to any financial irregularities or shortfalls from current trading.”
The company, which presently employs four full-time staff, has promised to fulfil all orders for curtains, carpets and selected furniture and bed ranges until a ‘last order’ date is announced.
“We will continue to provide the best service possible until closure,” Graham added.
Ian Robertson told us he had not beein involved in the running of the firm, or drawn any money out of it, for more than a year, and said he believed the threat of closure had arisen out of the “bad management” of those in charge of the day-to-day operation of the company.
* More on this story in the new issue of The Buteman – on sale on Thursday, February 9.