Denny shops looking for a temporary home as Church Walk demolition rumbles on

Church Walk in Denny is being demolished in stages
Church Walk in Denny is being demolished in stages

Retailers are continuing to negotiate with Falkirk Council over maintaining a presence in Denny town centre as regeneration work continues.

The few remaining shops in Church Walk are being forced to find new homes as the last section of the building is due to be demolished later this year.

The local authority plans to offer temporary premises to businesses in Duke Street, opposite the town’s post office.

This ‘temporary retail village’ would remain until 2016, when work on a new building at Denny Cross is 
expected to be completed.

The three temporary buildings will contain the public library and two other businesses, one of which The Falkirk Herald understands will be Lloyd’s Pharmacy.

But there are fears that other firms will simply opt to leave Denny altogether, rather than seek alternative premises.

The local branches of RS McColl newsagents and 
Mathieson’s the bakers are both currently located in Church Walk, but neither business has confirmed if they will remain in the town.

Falkirk Council said this week that negotiations with retailers in Denny were on-going, but could not reveal names.

Raymond Murray, chairman of Denny Retailers Association, said: “I hope that RS McColl and Mathieson’s do remain in the town as we could not afford to lose them. I cannot imagine the town centre without them.

“It remains to be seen who will occupy the temporary retail units.”