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Co-op fire damage

Co-op fire damage

“The Co-operative Food” a.k.a. the Co-op building in the Bankton Retail Centre adjacent to South Livingston Train Station was burned out in a fire overnight (2 May 2011). Media reports indicate the police are considering the incident as suspicious.

Demolition began quickly but looks to have halted. I hope they can rebuild it quickly as it was a popular and handy store.

Coop fire damage

Can’t be much if anything left to salvage.

Fire damaged Coop from South Livingston train station

The neighbouring “Sapphire Chinese Restaurant” was also damaged and was closed for a time except for a “home delivery” service. Full restaurant and take away service has now been resumed. It is always busy. That speaks for itself. Well worth visiting.

The Barber’s shop adjacent to that is undamaged and is open for business as usual.

The “Supper Bowl” in the next block was unaffected and is operating normally. It is one of the best chippies in the area.

Both the chippy and the Sapphire have my personal recommendation.

The building was diminishing before my eyes as I shot this series.

Fire damaged Coop being demoloshed

Fire damaged Coop near South Livingston Railway Station


Photographs were taken on a sunny May Bank Holiday Monday using a FujiFilm S5 DSLR camera and Tamron SP 24-135 lens.

All photographs were taken by Livingston photographer Norman Young and are copyright ©. Please respect copyright.


What a blow!

We had something similar when the Iceland in our little shopping precinct caught fire, but not as bad. More of the structure was left standing. It still took a long while to re-open!

It is a blow. The demolition team have been quick to get to work but not sure how long we can expect to be without it.

It was the sort of place locals used to buy newspapers, milk, rolls, sandwiches, drink(s), confectionery, medicines, etc. prior to catching a train or coming off a train on the way home. Livingston has one of the largest shopping centres in Scotland and almost all the national supermarket chains have a presence in the centre of the town but it was popular to get all the little things you wouldn’t go into the town for or to get something forgotten on the weekly “big shop”. There was almost always had a queue. Handy being open from early until late evening too.

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