Scottish beer retailer Beer Zoo has announced the closure of its Edinburgh and Dunbar stores, as well as its ecommerce shop.

Sharing the news on social media last week, shop owners said: “With a heavy heart, we announce the closure of our Portobello and Dunbar shops, as well as our online store, after eight years of operation.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our loyal customers, many of whom have supported us since day-one.”

Beer Zoo owner and director Dominic Holt told Drinks Retailing that the decision to cease operations was largely down to rising costs.

“Our costs are on the rise, across the board, and customer numbers are in decline. We put this down to the post-covid trend to work from home, a change in purchasing habits and the increased cost of living,” he said. 

“Sadly for us, sales have eroded to the point where the business can’t sustain itself without further investment.”

Holt also mentioned increased competition from supermarkets and breweries selling directly to consumers: “Craft beer is mainstream now and many low-involvement enthusiasts are being served, cheaply, by the supermarkets. We saw that coming and offered products you couldn’t buy in the supermarkets.

“Most people are looking for a bargain and supermarkets offer that, as does shopping around online. What we didn’t really see coming, post-covid, was the impact of breweries selling direct-to-customer, often at massive discount.”

Both Beer Zoo stores have now closed permanently. Holt said: “We’re obviously heartbroken it’s come to this,” and confirmed that there are “currently no plans to relaunch Beer Zoo” in the future.