Larbert bridge work blamed for shop closure

Lola Lemon has closed after suffering a huge dip in sales
Lola Lemon has closed after suffering a huge dip in sales

A business is to close after a road closure turned the village into a ‘‘ghost town’.’

Lola Lemon in Larbert Main Street will shut this weekend, after suffering a huge dip in sales since Larbert Rail Bridge closed at the start of the year.

Owner Elaine Caie opened the shop selling ladies fashions three years ago but said she couldn’t afford to go on.

Elaine said: “We rely on our window display drawing in customers, and since the bridge closure, there has been hardly any traffic outside and sales have plummeted. Last Saturday, not a single person came through the door and I just can’t go on. We’ll try to sell online but I’m not sure if it will work. It’s sad as I loved owning a shop in my home town and I need to make my member of staff redundant.”

The bridge was due to reopen this week but has been pushed back to December following complications.

Yvonne Weir from Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council said they were in talks with Network Rail about supporting the businesses affected by the closure and urged residents to buy from local shops.