The newest shop on Linlithgow High Street has opened its doors – bringing variety to local shoppers and a rise in employment.
The Wee Fruit and Veg Shop is the first of its kind in the High Street for over a decade and owner Steven Wilson said it gives people the chance to shop locally.
Steven and his team opened the store for the first time on Monday, February 15, selling a range of fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the market.
He said: “We’re keeping the costs low and you can’t get it any fresher, it just came off the lorry.”
He also runs Taste Deli and now employs around 20 staff which he said is good for the community because it’s giving local people work. However, his message is “shop local or you’ll lose it”.
Linlithgow’s High Street currently has a 93 per cent occupancy rate, meaning business is fairly healthy in the town, with council-owned properties occupied at 96 per cent.
Alice Mitchell, economic development manager for West Lothian Council, said: “Given the size of the town centre, occupancy levels in Linlithgow are very sensitive to change, one vacant unit will reduce the occupancy rate by 0.7 per cent.
“However, the figures are very positive for Linlithgow. The council has a very good relationship with businesses in the town and we will continue to offer assistance and advice when required to ensure local businesses can grow and prosper across West Lothian.”