New home for cycle shop as business continues to boom

Kirkcowan Cycles in its new home on Victoria Lane, Newton Stewart.

Kirkcowan Cycles in its new home on Victoria Lane, Newton Stewart.

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A popular local cycle shop has upped sticks and moved to new premises after a steady boom in business led to it having outgrown its Kirkcowan birthplace.

Brian Ferguson and Sarah-Jane Coleby of Kirkcowan Cycles gathered their helmets, tyres and advice and pedalled their way to a new home in Newton Stewart recently.

Four years ago, the business took off thanks to the couple’s love of cycling and all things related, what started off as a small cycle repair business soon started offering parts, accessories and bicycles from the likes of Raleigh, Forme and most recently Merida.

But it quickly became apparent that the love of cycling didn’t just lie locally and soon the business was welcoming visitors from across the country who continue to travel several hours to use the shop.

And so the hunt began earlier this year for a bigger base from which to run the shop and better suit the needs of the locals and visitors using the family-run business every day.

After a mammoth search for the right location and having viewed countless vacant premises around the area, the former Red Cross Hall in Newton Stewart’s town centre gave the couple the perfect facilities for the job.

As the only full-time dedicated bike shop in Wigtownshire, Kirkcowan Cycles – which has retained its well-known and respected name with the move – offers servicing, parts, accessories, clothing and everything in between. They stock a wide range of bicycles from first balance bikes, kids bikes, road, mountain and even electric bikes. Kirkcowan Cycles is open from 8.30am Monday to Saturday so you can drop your bike in for repairs before work, with closing at 5.30pm. A late-night opening on a Wednesday, until 8.30pm, also offers that extra time for collection and drop off.

Stick your head in and say hello – find the shop on Victoria Lane, accessed between Laura’s Gift Shop and the Galloway Arms, Newton Stewart.