Project aims to boost Penicuik town centre

Roger Kelly with members of Penicuik Community Development Trust and the new Penicuik Community Alliance at the Storehouse
Roger Kelly with members of Penicuik Community Development Trust and the new Penicuik Community Alliance at the Storehouse

A project aimed at giving Penicuik town centre some added oomph has secured vital funding from the Scottish Government.

Plans are in hand to convert the former Nickel and Dime store on the High Street into a venture with bakery, food store, cafe and community shop.

The Penicuik Community Development Trust, acting on behalf of Penicuik Community Alliance Ltd and Penicuik First BID Ltd, has been awarded £150,000 from the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund. It was one of 21 groups nationwide to receive cash.

Alliance acting chairman Roger Kelly said: “It is a very ambitious project. We were very lucky (to get the funding). We propose to put some oomph into Penicuik town centre and build on the success of the Penicuik BIDs project.”

The Storehouse, which will open in March, would operate a bakery franchise, a cafe and sell fresh food harvested daily from the Lost Garden project on the Penicuik Estate.

There is an intention to operate a community shop on the upper floor run as a “beyond food banks” operation.

Shares in the Penicuik Community Alliance are now available.