Era ends as Sisman close after 60 years

Sharon Sisman who is closing the family business after 60 plus years is pictured with daughter Chole Hickey
Sharon Sisman who is closing the family business after 60 plus years is pictured with daughter Chole Hickey

A family business that generations of village people grew up with is closing after trading for over six decades.

Sisman Newsagents in Stenhousemuir’s Main Street opened in King Street in 1950, but will shut its doors for the final time on September 26.

Charlie and Molly Sisman had four daughters and their third, Sharon, has the emotional job of putting the key in the lock for good.

She admitted: “We’ve been part of the community for so long I don’t know exactly how mum and the rest of us are going to feel, but there will be some ‘bubbly’ on ice to say a big ‘thank-you’ to all our loyal customers for supporting us for so long. Over the years they have become really more like good friends.”

Sharon (50) started working with her dad at the age of 15 in 1980.

She was ‘only’ supposed to be there to provide holiday cover for six weeks over the summer - but never left!

Founded by her grandad John, but taken over by his son, Charlie, in April that year, the shop earned legendary status, not least for its newspaper deliveries.

In the early 1970s Sisman’s newsagents and Toy Box next door moved from King Street to Stenhousemuir’s new shopping precinct across the road.

The business expanded to include a card and gift shop - and was even home to the village’s post office - but the ‘vision’ to create a new ‘Town Centre’ in 2006 which attracted Asda to the area saw a move to Hallam Road that signalled the beginning of the end.