The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Hourstons holding open evening for friends and family

AYR department store Hourstons is holding a friends and family evening between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday 4 December.

General manager Linda Lawson says: “We look forward to welcoming our regular customers and friends in both the business and the wider community to what we hope will be a most enjoyable evening.

“We are offering 20% off prices, with 10% off cosmetics, and there will be a raffle in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice.”


In the late 1880s David Hourston, who had arrived from Orkney, opened a shop in Kyle Street. Such was his success that he built a new shop in Alloway Street in 1896 and took in his two sons as partners. Thus began the firm of D. Hourston & Sons.

On David’s death in 1917 the sons took over the business which had become one of the largest retail drapery establishments in Scotland. Its tearooms, smoking rooms and roof gardens became famed across the country.

In April 1949 the business was acquired by the House of Fraser group and in the years following, various changes took place, both in name (it became Arnotts for a time) and in ownership. Happily, the original name has now been restored and Hourstons remains one of the busiest stores in Ayr.

Telephone: 01292 267811.

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