A POPULAR fish and chip shop has been sold as its owner looks to retire after 38 years in charge.

Former owner Anna Crolla is stepping down after 38 years at the helm of Anton’s in Kilmarnock.

Property agent Smith and Clough Business Associated said the move was a sign of positivity in the sector.

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Jonathan Clough, of Smith and Clough, commented: “We are pleased to announce the sale of Anton’s fish and chip shop on Glasgow Road, which was situated within a busy retail precinct in Kilmarnock.

“The business was extremely well established, with our client Anna Crolla having owned the business for almost 40 years.

“We were delighted to get this deal completed and wish Anna a long and well-deserved retirement.”

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Clough continued: “It has been a tough last few years for the fish and chip sector, however this is the latest in a line of recent deals, with another few in the pipeline, so there is still demand for this popular and resilient sector.”

The value of the leasehold sale has not been disclosed although the business was marketed at offers over £175,000.