End of an era as Denny ironmonger shuts up shop

Portrait of James Allan of Bullochs Ironmongers in Denny, by local artist Bob Montgomery.
Portrait of James Allan of Bullochs Ironmongers in Denny, by local artist Bob Montgomery.
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An ironmongers’ shop described as an “institution” has closed its doors for a final time after more than 100 years in business.

William Bulloch, which was a landmark in Denny’s Broad Street, has served its community for more than a century.

The business finally closed in October after its long-term owner James Allan retired due to ill-health.

It is understood that the shop has now been sold.

Raymond Murray, chairman of Denny Retailers Association, said the sale of the shop marked the end of an era.

“I’m a relative newcomer to Denny but in my 20 years here Mr Allan and his shop has been a backbone of the community,” he said.

“Because of his age and stature you would always refer to him as Mr Allan - never James or Jimmy.

“It was a genuine institution in the town and I’m very sad to see it closed.’’

Denny councillor John McNallly said: “It’s hard to imagine Bullochs no longer being open.

“I understand that Mr Allan’s father ran the shop before him.

“He is very well respected by all in the community. He would always go out of his way to help you.

“If there was something you needed that he didn’t have, he would immediately order it for you.’’

Mr Allan and his shop were immortalised by local artist Bob Montgomery in 2001.

He said: “My studio is around the corner from the shop and I would regularly pop in to buy picture hooks and such like.

“I cannot emphasise enough how nice a man Mr Allan is. It was proper old fashioned service.

“If you asked for three screws he would hand you the box.

“I took some pictures of the inside of the shop without telling him what I was using them for. But he liked the finished portrait so much that he bought it.

“I’ve sold several prints of it since.”