A POPULAR Kilwinning shop and takeaway has announced shock plans to close this month.

It comes as Seymour Store and Takeaway say their energy costs have trebled - meaning the business is no longer viable.

The grocery shop-come-takeaway, on Seymour Avenue, confirmed the news with a post on social media on Tuesday, July 4.

Owner Tony Fuggle said the decision broke his heart and those of his team, but rising energy costs meant they could not go on any longer.

He said: "It’s with broken hearts we announce that we are closing down on Sunday, July 16.

"With a high energy cost and stock, it’s no longer viable to remain open.

"Myself and Mel are heartbroken and this hasn’t been an easy decision."

Tony stated that energy costs had risen from £366 per month, to now having to pay £1,100 during the same time period.

It brings to an end a five-year spell in the town in which the store has become a massive part of the community.

He continued: "We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for last almost five years.

"Please also respect our privacy as you can imagine this is an extremely difficult time for us and our staff.

"Also a massive thanks to all our staff past and present - we wouldn’t have had the last five years without all your support. Much love - team Seymour forever."

The store was particularly popular for its takeaway food - including its divisive 'curry and chocolate' dish which we reported on in March.

In more recent times, Seymour Store has been able to bring its customers Post Office and Payzone facilities.

The Payzone services allowed customers who need to pay money towards their gas, electricity, water, rent and council tax as well as top up their mobile phone.

The Post Office in Seymour Store meant customers could drop off or collect parcels on a daily basis - though these had to be pre-paid for.

The owner has confirmed that the last date that customers will be able to use Payzone/paypoint facilities will be Monday, July 10.

The store will receive its last delivery on Friday, July 14, selling remaining stock over the weekend before it closes for good.

It is news which has saddened the community, with many passing on their well wishes after the closure was confirmed.

One said: "So sorry to hear you are closing , I would like to thank you for being a great service to the community and not to forget when you did the kids meals during the holidays."

While another added: "So sorry to hear this. You’ve been the heart of our wee Dirrans community for so many years and we are sad to see you go.

"So many people have depended on you and you were there for us always with a smile and a friendly face.

"It’s such a struggle for any small business these days with the rise in prices. Wishing you all the best for the future."

For more updates following the closure, check out the Facebook page here.