After 55 years under family management, Lawrence’s Amusements in Girvan is ready to change hands. Having worked in the arcade since the age of eleven, Rita Richmond, and her husband Lawrie, discuss what is set to be their last season in the industry.
After offering an oasis of entertainment to the many holidaymakers and travellers between Scotland and Ireland for more than half a century, Lawrence’s Amusements in Girvan is set for its last season under the arcade’s founding family.
Indeed, Rita and Lawrie Richmond have decided it is time to sell the arcade, placing an advert in this week’s issue and providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a potential buyer. Built by Rita’s father Arthur Lawrence in 1962, the arcade, which now includes an ice cream parlour, looks out to the seafront from a prime position surrounded by complimentary attractions, but perhaps the most importantly, it is right next to the town’s main coach and car park.
“We get a lot of holidaymakers and coaches through the town every single day and a huge bonus is that Girvan has six caravan parks in the near vicinity,” commented Rita.
It’s not just large events that bring coaches of potential clientele into Girvan, but also tourist tours from all over the world, as well as fans en-route to Glasgow every weekend during the football season. Some of those tourists come for the US president’s hotel and golf course, which was built last summer.
“We have a lot of tourism in the town,” continued Rita. “The opening of Trump Turnberry has seen a great boost in visitor numbers to Girvan and the community host a wide range of tourist activities over the summer.”
Boasting a boating lake, play park, and promenade on one side and the harbour, and a the swimming pool and car park on the other, Rita and Lawrie’s family entertainment centre has become the centrepiece of Girvan’s tourist offering – with Rita along for the whole journey.
“I’ve been in the industry since I was 11,” she laughed. “I’ve made lots of friends over the years and met many interesting people. We’ve had an awful lot of people through these doors.”
With the sun shining down on Girvan, Rita and Lawrie are enjoying their last season – and with the arcade now up for sale – preparing for their next adventure.