A defiant shop owner says he will have to plough £100,000 into getting his business up and running again following a devastating flood just one month after a £40,000 refit.
Sandy Sarwar’s Pricekracker in Alyth was submerged in water after the banks of Alyth Burn, which runs parallel to his shop, burst earlier this month.
The shop underwent a major refurbishment in June shortly after Mr Sarwar took it over, and had only been open for a month before the “freak incident”.
“It has completely damaged the shelves and refrigeration, the counters are half submerged and a new floor will have to go in,” he said. “The only bit undamaged is the roof because it came through the doors like a ton.”
He estimates it will cost more than £100,000 to get the shop back to good repair.
Despite being told by his insurance company that it could take up to six months to re-open, Mr Sarwar said he is determined to turn the shop around in three to four weeks. This week, he took matters into his own hands and started to strip the shop back ready to be refitted, following a meeting with a loss adjustor.
“If we wait for the insurer’s contractors it will take longer, so we are doing some of the dirty work ourselves, and hopefully we will start to get some payments in the next couple of weeks,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m an independent retailer and I rely on my customers. It’s our livelihood.”
If we wait for the insurer’s contractors it will take longer, so we are doing some of the dirty work ourselves, and hopefully we will start to get some payments in the next couple of weeks
Mr Sarwar’s staff have already recreated the store’s home news delivery list of around 150 customers from memory after the computer it was on was damaged, and commenced rounds this week.
The store was taking around £30,000 a week, including PayPoint and the Lottery, before the disaster, Mr Sarwar said.
“We’re trying to put systems in place so our customers are not inconvenienced,” he said. “With a lot of hard work we will hopefully be able to bounce back and get the business going again.”