Falkirk businesses open doors to welcome customers once again

A number of barbers and hairdressers joined garden centres, key cutters and home ware shops in a grand coming out of lockdown re-opening this Easter Monday as COVID-19 restrictions were eased further.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Falkirk town centre businesses opening their doors to customers and clients this week included Retson Barbers, in Manor Street, Timpson, in High Street, Scarlet Ribbons, in Glebe Street, Rod Smith Hairdressing, in Bank Street and Salon Ian, in Vicar Street.

Larbert’s Torwood Garden Centre also opened for business today.

Jamie Stevenson, garden centre general manager, said: “It was an exceptionally busy day for us. I remember back in May last year when we opened up again ti was busy but we didn’t have the furniture.

Jim and Doreen Simpson enjoy looking for plants in Torwood Garden Centre now it has reopened its doors to customers again

“This time every one wanted garden furniture and plants. There seems to be the feeling that people have really been looking forward to getting in their garden again. It’s not the same looking at plants online, its better when you can come in and see them in person.”

Diane Retson, owner of Retson Barbers, said: “It’s just really good to be back and great to see all our old and new customers – just a great atmosphere. We opened at 6am on the first day and then 8am the next day to help people out before going to our ordinary opening hours.”

There were apparently lots of people who had been urgently needing keys cut and other services the Timpsons could provide, as manager Ricky Bryans found out on Monday morning.

Speaking on Tuesday, he said: “It’s been pretty busy – yesterday and today, it’s been non-stop. Since all the other business shut at around 4pm we will probably be the last thing open in the High Street so it will get quiet then.

"We’ve been able to work in our supermarket branches, but it’s good to get back into your own shop again.”

Scarlett Ribbons sales assistant Judith Wilson was not int the shop on Monday, but she was only too pleased to serve customers again on Tuesday.

She said: “It did seem to be busy on Monday and we have been steady today. It’s been nice to be open again and the customers are delighted they can come in and see things again rather than view them on Facebook.

"We’ve had lots of positive feedback.”