Helen Young recalls old Falkirk shops – enjoy beautiful old photographs and share your memories!
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Sold great bargains in shoes, knitwear, hairdressing etc. The Bishop brothers were always to be seen on the shop floor, situated almost opposite the Orchard Hotel.
Sold nearly everything for the home. You could walk through from Prince’s Street to Bank Street. I think they also had a pram and baby shop in Bank Street.
Graham & Morton
Opposite Grahamston Station. They sold furniture, carpets, curtains, and pictures.
Zuill & Stewart’s
Situated in the High Street. Had a good range of products, clothing and ornaments
Unusual shop in the Cow Wynd. Sold groceries, fruit and vegetables, and lots of loose items.
Well-known for being painted blue on the exterior, a clothing store best known for selling school uniforms. Also stocked Cub, Brownie, Guide, and Scout uniforms. Situated in the High Street.
Located where Callander Square stands. One of the first supermarkets in the area.
Situated in Cow Wynd, sold clothing.
Walk through shop from Manor Street to High Street. They sold a variety of household goods.
Coop Super Store
Large department store. Sold shoes, clothes, beds, curtains, ornaments etc. They had a fantastic system for paying for goods; money was put into a “vacuum system”; shop assistants put the money in a container which then whisked it away to a central cashier’s department and change was returned using the same method. The store is now used by the Clydesdale Bank situated at the corner of Vicar Street/Bank Street.
How good is your memory? Tell us about other bygone Falkirk shops. The above are just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us at: GreatPlace@falkirkcommunitytrust.org
By Helen Young. Originally published in The Village Voice Magazine (2009).