As time went by the business expanded, and by the turn of the century, there were three shops and a new Bakery, up the brae from the original site. By now the fishing was in serious decline, and was being replaced by coal mining. The miners earned comparatively good wages and their arduous toil demanded nourishing food, which Stuart’s turned out in increasing volumes.
Between the wars, two restaurants were added to the business, and more shops followed. As generation followed generation, the business prospered. The Stuarts were particularly adept at changing the nature of the business to match the lifestyle of the time.
A fleet of several shop vans brought new business in the 50’s and 60’s. Cafes were added to the shops from the 60’s onwards, and the restaurants were phased out, as were the shop vans. In the early 60’s a butchery business was bought, principally to provide a consistent quality of meats for the Bakery, but more recently, it has developed into a vital arm of the retail business.