New shops give Grangemouth precinct a much-needed boost

Charlotte Dundas Court in Grangemouth.
Charlotte Dundas Court in Grangemouth.
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Things are looking sweet for a local shopping precinct as a trio of new shops prepare to open their doors.

Like many retail centres, in recent years Grangemouth’s Charlotte Dundas has seen its fair share of ups and downs.

When Mathiesons went into administration last year it led to the closure of the branch in the shopping precinct.

However, residents were pleased to learn a bakery - and a sweet shop - are among the three businesses due to open in the coming weeks.

A Falkirk Council spokesman confirmed this week the three shops, which have all been let out in the last month, are: Celebration Candy, a speciality sweet shop which can provide confectionary for functions; a beauty therapies business; and No.17 Bakery Ltd run by Paul Ure.

Two other new retailers opened outlets in the area last year, Barry’s DIY and Richards Family Butchers Ltd.

As well as these traders, Charlotte Dundas Court is also home to an opticians, pharmacy, signmaker, Chinese restaurant, fish and chip shop and a branch of Dhillons takeaways.

Councillor Allyson Black, depute leader of Falkirk Council, was happy to see the shopping precinct buck the recent trend of closures and empty shops.

She said: “I am delighted to see the three new businesses moving into Charlotte Dundas Court. As a local councillor I’m regularly lobbying council for improvements to be made in this area, and I am glad officers are making this area a priority for that to be done.

“Very soon the council will be consulting with the local community and local businesses with regard to plans concerning improvements to shop frontages and the surrounding areas.

“The council is committed to improving and enhancing this area and will make significant investment to do so.”