|Year Closed||Never opened|
The Johnstone branch was a planned Little Chef on the A737 at Johnstone, to the west of Paisley.
The branch first appeared in the 1994 Little Chef "Good Travel" guide, which was a free booklet with maps showing all the locations, and was down as "Opening Winter 1994". However it never opened.
Few details are given about the location other than "near Paisley" which was stated in the "Good Travel Guide" .
However, a look at the A737 around the area identifies piece of land to the north west Barrochan Road, the junction of the A737/ B789 to be the most likely candidate.
Forte's logic was sound. The A737 had recently been upgraded with a new free flow junction from the M8 and the bypassing of Paisley, Elderslie and Johnstone, while traffic for west coast destinations at Largs, Ardrossan and Irvine was all expected to route down here, instead of taking the traditional coast route by Port Glasgow and Greenock. However, around the same time, a growing leisure park on the old Rootes factory at Linwood, just off the A737 a few miles east was developing with restaurant facilities on site and the M77 motorway, which also provided access to the south west was taking shape and expected to take a lot of trafffic away from the A737. These were probably the reasons behind the pulling of the plug on the site.
Today a garden centre, nursery and caravan storage are on site