Falkirk’s Howgate Centre welcomes new traders

The arrival of five new businesses to the Howgate Centre is a boost for shop local, according to the team running the premises.

They’ve welcomed the traders, several who previously were in Callendar Square, and are hopeful of other arrivals in the coming weeks.

Clothes for all the family, jewellery and household fragrances are part of the range being offered by the outlets.

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Marie’s, which was known as Marie Brown while in Callendar Square, sells ladies clothing and opened last month in the unit previously used as the community hub.

Owner Sharon Brown said: “It’s been a challenging few months but we have a very loyal customer base and moving to the Howgate has offered us a fresh start so we have re-branded as Marie’s Fashion Boutique.”

Falkirk Outdoor and Military Supplies is an army surplus store selling combat clothing and equipment.

It hopes to open tomorrow in the former hospice book shop opposite Costa.

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Scottish Aromatics is new to Falkirk and will be located opposite River Island when it opens next weekend.

It sells home fragrance, including brands such as Yankee, WoodWick and Millefiori.

Envy Gowns is a Falkirk family business who offer designer and non-designer gowns and accessories. They are moving into the shop next to JD Sports and will open on Thursday, October 1.

Aayat Designs from Callendar Square has also moved in a few weeks ago and have a pop up shop on the mall outside Bodycare selling Pakistani clothing and jewellery.

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Margaret Foy, the Howgate’s marketing manager said: ““e are delighted to welcome five new businesses to the centre who all offer unique products with exceptional customer service.

“Shopping local has never been more important and by supporting independents we can ensure local people stay in jobs and support the economy.

“Although lockdown was challenging for everyone in retail, the Howgate has weathered the storm by keeping all its tenants and now has only the former Watt Brothers and one other unit vacant.

“We would love to see more customers supporting the town centre and will be launching a new parking system, making it easier to pay and more affordable to park in the centre from next month.”

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