Barrhead Travel has opened a new store on Cowdenbeath High Street. It is the franchise’s 17th branch and will be owned and operated by former Barrhead homeworker Marie Shevas. “Opening a franchise store with Barrhead Travel seemed the next logical step in expanding my business,” she said. “I identified a gap in the market in Cowdenbeath for a local business, run by local people, serving the needs of the local community.” Barrhead’s Chief Executive Sharon Munro said she hoped the venture would be one of many this year. “A franchise is a fantastic way for Barrhead Travel to expand into new areas, for example we recently launched a new franchise outlet in Belfast, and set up a local operation with a vested interest in the people and community it serves,” added Munro.