Our Story

Inverurie’s town centre boasts a vibrant and bustling independent retailer scene, with new shops and cafes appearing regularly in the town’s High Street and Market Place. In amongst the new and exciting additions sits Strachans, a traditional newsagent established in 1938.  Our store has grown from a fruit and vegetable cart into one of Scotland’s largest independent newsagents, incorporating a toy shop, deli counter and ice cream bar and a luxury gift department.  

During our 80 plus years in business we have seen many changes in the retail business and have strived to not only keep up with times, but set the standard of independent retailers in Aberdeenshire.  Our toy department was one of the first in the UK to stock Lego, after Roy Strachan (3rd generation) got a tip from his Danish friend that this would be ‘the next big thing’.
It’s a wonderful accomplishment in this day and age of monotonous high streets that our three storey shop sits with pride of place in Inverurie’s West High Street. When you walk through the double doors you are likely to see one of five members of the Strachan family who work within the store, and add to the total staff number of 25.
Throughout the years, Strachans has undergone several large refurbishments and moved premises twice. In February 2013 our shop underwent the biggest refurbishment to date.  We transformed the front of the shop, adding a coffee bar and ice cream counter and refurbished the old card and stationery room, adding a luxury gift department as well as a baby clothes department.  
Our store is now being managed by the fifth generation of the Strachan family, and that longevity gives us a unique perspective on customer service, purchasing and marketing techniques.  As well as longevity of service we also feel we add a unique presence to the retail scene as a true department store.  Offering a huge range of toys, books, homeware, scarves, handbags, jewellery, baby clothes, cards, magazines, newspapers, ice cream and deli counter goodies we feel we can truly assert that we are a ‘one stop shop’.
We can't wait to see you in store soon!