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Business / Two years later…and knitwear van takes to the street

Mary Macgregor outside her van on Thursday. Photo: Shetland News

A KNITWEAR shop on wheels which was at the centre of a row over a street trading licence two years ago opened its doors this week in Lerwick.

BAKKA’s Mary Macgregor eventually secured a permit to trade from a van from two locations in the centre of town last year, but that was only after she went to court to appeal the initial refusal.

Macgregor began trading from the van earlier this week at Burns Walk next to M&Co, with the Covid pandemic delaying its introduction.

“It’s really nice to be able to trade out of the BAKKA van after all this wait,” she said.

The licence application from BAKKA initially fell foul of policy which prohibited street traders from selling goods of the “same or similar class and description” as shops within 50 metres before her application was re-heard by councillors.

However, Macgregor was still not granted a licence to trade from her preferred site at Irvine Place due to its proximity to shops selling knitwear.

The street was busy earlier today (Thursday) with two large cruise ships in town at the same time.

Both the Bolette and Spirit of Adventure arrived in Lerwick this morning.

The view on Thursday from Bressay. Photo: John Bateson

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