after 30 years in the retail clothing business, Jennifer Gibb has decided to hang up her hat together with two of her long-term employees, Morag Coutts and Sheila Jamieson.
Jennifer said: “I have decided to retire at the end of May, after 30 years in retail. I’m looking forward to my retirement and having more free time to pursue my hobbies - play golf, enjoy more holidays and spending more quality time with my granddaughter.
“I have a sister living in Norway and I’m looking forward to going over to see her.”
Morag (64), who has been working alongside Jennifer since 1986, enjoys walking and rambling: “I’ll enjoy being able to spend more time doing outdoor pursuits.”
Sheila, also 64, is also looking forward to being able to “relax for a wee while” before finding a host of new hobbies to keep her occupied.
Gibbs began at 50 West High Street in 1982 with just Jennifer at the helm. She explained: “I was working at Douglas Electricals’ office and they had an outdoor clothing shop which they were selling. I leased the property and bought the business and I ran it single-handedly during the week. My husband Robert helped me at weekends.”
In 1986, the business was in a position to expand and moved across the road to 57 West High Street, and Morag joined the company as its first permanent member of staff.
In 1993 the successful outdoor clothing shop incorporated kilt hire into the business which now also employed Barry Gibb, Jennifer and Robert’s son. Continued growth led to a move in 2003 to premises at 8 High Street, where they also expanded into the nursery market. Fellow retiree, Sheila, joined Gibbs at this point.
Along with the retiral comes the closure of the shop at 8 High Street, which now specialises in outdoor clothing and nursery items.
Speaking about the growth of the business and the forthcoming closure Jennifer, who is 60, said: “I think our success has come from a lot of hard work and doing the best for our customers. I will miss all my customers very much and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the support they have given me over the years.”
In 2009, the kilt hire part of Gibbs moved to 9 Market Place and became known as Gibbs Menswear.
Gibbs Menswear will continue to operate on Market Place, under the management of Barry Gibb, with ‘dad’ Robert helping out on a part-time basis.