Polmont torn apart as paper shop closes

Steven Learmonth of Love's Newsagents in Polmont which is closing after 29 years''Picture: Michael Gillen
Steven Learmonth of Love's Newsagents in Polmont which is closing after 29 years''Picture: Michael Gillen
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A village shop will close on Sunday after 29 years of trading with high rent causes being blamed for the shutters coming down.

Loves has operated from Greenpark Drive in Polmont for almost three decades, with one staff member welcoming customers for over 24 years.

But owner Steven Learmonth said he had no option but to close after the shop stopped making money.

Steven, who took over the running of Loves after 10 years at Sismans Newsagents in Stenhousemuir, said: “I feel pretty let down by the system. We’re paying £15,000 in rent a year, it makes it almost impossible to make money.

“I took over the shop four years ago and in that time the market has changed.

“Tesco opened in Redding and people aren’t coming to their village shops any more, they go straight to Tesco. I tried to negotiate the rent price, but the landlord wouldn’t have it.

“Kate Jardine has worked here for 22 years and I’m having to let her go. I’m gutted.”

The Co-op next door to Loves closed in June and will be turned into a branch of Aldi.

However there is no opening date for the new shop and Steven says the footfall in the centre is down as a result. “The big unit has always been a supermarket but we have no idea when Aldi is moving in. I think all the businesses will really struggle until they move in, even the bookmakers next door to us has closed. And bookies don’t struggle to make money.”

Loves will continue to run their newspaper delivery service from the Premier Store and Post Office in the village Main Street.

Steven added: “I would like to thank all my customers and a special thank you to Kate.”