The Changing Face of Falkirk High Street

In recent weeks there has been further changes in Falkirk’s town centre – and ambitious plans revealed which would give it a further boost. Entrepreneur Douglas Hannigan has found four new clients for his properties, all independent companies, which he believes is a key to the area’s future success. GeekGear has opened up a shop on the High Street in the former Brothers outlet supplying superhero merchandise and hand-crafted goods. Only set up in 2015 from a unit in Grangemouth Business Centre, it has grown so quickly owner Leslie Lenaghen now wants to make his mark on the town centre.

From a new business to a long-established firm, Oliphants the bakers will be moving into premises at Callendar Riggs. Set up in 1856, the company now bakes its products from a factory at Bankside Industrial Estate but plans on having the new store in the heart of the town to sell goods. Also moving into Callendar Riggs is Donald Watt Financial Advisor, while charity Go Youth Trust has taken over premises in Glebe Street. Mr Hannigan said: “This is positive news and shows small businesses are keen to come to Falkirk town centre.” He also revealed that his company has applied for a change of use to make an 8000sq ft gym plus a small apartment hotel adjacent to the bus station. Further examples of change are the closure of long-established Robertson Rainwear in Vicar Street, while Rock A Punk along with Noise Noise Noise has opened nearby.

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