Positioned in the open plains north of Stirling, Balhaldie has history as one of Scotland's busiest services.
Perth and Kinross
- Grid reference: NN813053
Trivia and History
There was a building to the east of the A9 at Balhaldie which has been there a long time - probably an old Blacksmiths. This became a garage, and in 1965 the A9 was upgraded to a dual carriageway and an accompanying northbound petrol station was built here.
In the early 1980s that garage was taken over by Little Chef. Despite all the problems the chain faced (and the unusual building it had inherited here), this branch managed to hang on to become the last Little Chef in Scotland. After Euro Garages took over it was one of the first to go, closing on 10 March 2017. It was due to reopen as a Greggs soon after but as of August 2018, the building has been internally stripped out and currently lays empty.
Instead, Euro Garages hope to demolish the whole building and replace it with a new drive thru Greggs. Meanwhile, they are building a drive thru Starbucks next to the car park.
A new southbound petrol station was built behind the Little Chef, moving the whole site south a bit. The original layout can still be made out by the shape of the car park at the north end, and the drainage line at the south end. Shell operate the remaining filling station.
An additional northbound Little Chef was built in 1984, but closed in 2012. It is a much more familiar 'small box'-style building. It was briefly replaced by Oliver's Grill and Diner, which opened in 2013 and closed less than six months after. The filling station closed here at some point too.
A Subway opened here on 22 May 2017, operated by Forbes Davidson.
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