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Ayr Hair Salon ’Francis John’ closes after 33 years trading in town

The hair salon won't be re-opening after lockdown measures are lifted, the business has announced.

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After 33 years of trading, popular hairdressing business Francis John, based on the Sandgate in Ayr has announced it will be closing.


The heath and safety of staff and client's remain a vital part of the business owners thinking - but due to new government guidelines for social distancing, reduced capacity and enforcements of PPE, the business can no longer meet the financial and physical demands to continue the business after lockdown.

Francis John started 42 years ago and has been in Ayr for 33.


Among the sad news, the business said that staff will miss the ‘off anywhere nice on holiday this year?’ conversations.


A statement published by Francis John on Facebook said the following:

“With these testing and difficult times, comes even harder decisions to make.


“It is with a heavy heart that today we announce that after 42 years (33 in Ayr) Francis John Hairdressing will not be reopening post lockdown.


”The health and safety of both our staff and clients remain paramount in this difficult time.


“This will come as no surprise to many businesses across the hair and beauty sector and beyond, due to the new government guidelines to social distancing, reduced capacity and enforcement of PPE that we simply can not meet the financial and physical demands to continue the business.


“John and Jim would like to thank the staff, past and present for all their hard work, commitment and contribution in all the Francis John salons over the years to the rollercoaster ride that set off in 1978!


“A big thank you to our main product supplier Wella especially key account manager Ashley Bennett and Joe Coubrough of Hair and Beauty World for all their help and support over the years.


“But our biggest thanks goes to you! We could not have run such a successful business for so long without every single one of our loyal clients support, recommendations and ‘off anywhere nice on holiday this year?’ conversations!

Honestly, this has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated, so we thank you all.


“Going forth, we will continue to help and support all of our current members of staff with providing necessary contact information to clients on request about their next steps (we know everyone is desperate for their post lockdown cut, colour and blow dry’s!)“