New blow for city as store on the move
this group and meet like-minded people for a cup of tea or coffee, or if you feel like you have something you can bring to the group, please get in touch. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.”
Archana is also looking for volunteers to donate just a few hours per month to help her run the sessions.
Linda Stuart, RVS community engagement and development worker covering Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline and West Fife, said: “It is so exciting to see this new group in Denny take shape. It will provide something great for older people the local community.”
If you have an idea for a community group and would like to set one up as a volunteer co-ordinator, contact Linda Stuart on 07787 276241 email linda. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sweet Shoppe, which had been trading in Port Street for eight years, pub and eaterie Boozy Cow, in King Street and cafe and restaurant the Fat Cyclist, Friars Street, while risque lingerie firm Ann Summers closed its outlet in The Thistles on June 23.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford was aware of the change at Argos and added: “Whilst a sign of the times, as more people move to online shopping for their goods, it will nevertheless impact other businesses in the area, who might’ve benefited from Argos customers visiting the high street.
“I am in regular contact with Stirling Council officers and intend to raise my concerns about how we move to shield places such at the Stirling city ‘high street’ from forthcoming projected economic challenges.
“As I have said previously, I would reiterate that, across the country, high streets need to develop a renewed purpose.
“As the governor of the Bank of England has pointed out, people have less money in their pockets as a result of the Brexit vote and shopping habits are changing with the times.
“Something has to be done to encourage more people to visit the high street and spend their money.”
Councillor Neil Benny, leader of the Conservative Group on Stirling Council, said the closure was a sad day for Stirling.
“It is another blow for our city centre that struggles under the business rates regime that the SNP insist is good for the economy,” he added.
“Their complacency is astounding.
“The relocation of these high street staples empty our city centre and will leave a hole in a part of Stirling that already has many vacancies.
“It is time to get real about our high street.
“We need to have a proper discussion about business rates and encouraging more retailers to start up and locate in the city centre.”