Gow’s gun shop in Union Street, a Dundee institution that has traded for more than 150 years, has closed its doors.
The premises has been stripped out and the building put up for let. The tackle store opened in 1860 and has been a fixture in the town, serving generations of country sports enthusiasts.
Now empty, a To Let sign hangs from the door of the property which is being let by city firm Westport Property.
A spokeswoman for the company said: “An administrator has yet to be appointed but that should happen in the coming weeks.”
The last registered company director was Ryan Balcombe, but it is believed he resigned his position several weeks ago.
In 1989, the store was forced to close after a gruesome murder, but reopened after Doug Masson stepped in to buy the business. He was joined by Mr Balcombe as company director three years ago.
Sandra Burke, chief executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s unfortunate to see such a long-standing business ceasing to trade.
“We would hope that the space would be snapped up in due course because there will soon be a lot more visitors to the city.”
When John R. Gow founded the company in 1860 it covered both the manufacture and retail of fishing tackle and guns for shooting game and was based on Perth Road, before moving to Union Street.
In 1989, then-manager Gordon Johnston was murdered by two young men in a botched robbery.